Published: Tue, January 30, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Paris Floods Shut Down Part of Louvre, Other Attractions

Paris Floods Shut Down Part of Louvre, Other Attractions

But the world's most visited museum was still on alert, along with the Musee d'Orsay and Orangerie galleries, with the lower level of the Louvre's Islamic arts wing closed to visitors.

Elsewhere in the town, street signs stick out of the water and a lonely boat floats in the Marne River, once accessible from the riverbank but now unreachable on foot.

Large numbers of people have been evacuated from the banks of Seine as floods continue to cause heavy damage to Paris suburbs.

"Two floodings of the Seine river in less than two years - we have to change, we have to change the way we build this city", Paris Deputy Mayor Colombe Brossel told CNN. In Yvelines on Friday evening, was evacuated to a hospital, where the 86 patients.

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Paris Police previously said the Seine was forecast to reach 5.95 meters (nearly 20 feet) overnight from Sunday into Monday. The rail operator SNCF also closed the RER C commuter line that runs along the river and is used by tourists to reach the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral and Versailles.

Downstream of the French capital, the Seine is still rising, and levels are higher than in 2016.

More favorable weather is expected for the week ahead, but even once the water levels start to recede forecasters and officials say it will be a slow process, as much of the ground in northern France is already waterlogged.

The national weather service Meteo France said Monday that January has seen almost double normal rainfall nationwide, and that the rains in the past two months are the highest measured for the period in 50 years.

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The national flood monitoring agency Vigicrues said the water levels hit a maximum height of 5.84 metres on the Austerlitz scale early Monday.

Flooding caused destruction in Paris in 1910 when the Seine rose by 8.65 metres, although no deaths were recorded there.

"In the South of the French capital, dozens of coastal buildings were flooded with water, disconnected electricity, and about a thousand residents had to be evacuated", - said in the message.

"Everyone is getting around by boat" on the island of Migneaux in Poissy, a western Paris suburb, said local Serge Matikhine.

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