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Paris braces for floods, Seine expected to rise further

Seine is expected to reach 6.2 meters

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PARIS, France - With the rising Seine flushing into Paris, the city has been put on a flood alert.

AS Parisians brace for the floods, forecasters have warned that by Saturday, the Seine is expected to reach 6.2 meters (20.3 feet), a peak last reached in 2016 when floods sent riverside museums scrambling to move artworks from their basements

It was the highest level of water rise recorded since 1982 and now, authorities claim that the river is set to rise three times its normal height. 

Parisians have been warned to stay away from the river Seine, even as flooding surrounded roads and caused disruption to the city’s transport network.

Earlier this week, the water levels touched 5.2 metres and Quayside roads and tunnels were closed as all river traffic, including cruise boats and water taxis was halted and vessels are unable to pass under the bridges.

Throughout this month, much of France has been lashed by downpours, which has inundated many homes and shops with muddy water and halted trains on a busy commuter line that runs through Paris.

Michel Delpuech, the head of the city police, told residents to take extreme care near the water and said that houseboat residents have been advised to move out.

Further, fears are high that Parisians were likely to come across members of the city’s rat population as the rising water swamped the rodents’ dens and forced them to seek drier shelters.

The city is facing an orange alert, which is the second highest flood warning level.

Anne Hidalgo, the mayor has called a crisis meeting with police chiefs and officials have said that the situation was serious but not catastrophic.

In 1910, Paris has suffered the “flood of the century” when the Seine reached 8.62 metres. 

The city has, since then, been preparing for a similar event for several years.
On Thursday, the Musee d’Orsay and the Orangerie were preparing for flooding risks and their weekly evening opening was cancelled, in case works need to be moved.

 

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