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Paris floods: Hundreds make dramatic escape in boats as Seine rises

27 January 2018

The Seine River in Paris is expected to rise farther out of its banks through this weekend despite northeastern France catching a break from heavy rain.

Rainfall totals have been double the normal amount this winter in the city, and the Louvre museum, which sits beside the river, has closed the lower level of the department of Islamic Art to the public until at least Saturday.

The Louvre and Musée d'Orsay were both on high alert. Police forces and fire brigades were already on site, patrolling flooded streets on small boats.

A health centre in Paris's northwestern suburbs, where 86 patients were receiving care, was also evacuated yesterday.

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Paris has seen more than 183 millimetres of rainfall since December 1. The river level is expected to peak on Sunday night or Monday.

Roads on the river banks have been closed, as well as seven train stations alongside the river, but the moves didn't cause major disruption in the City of Lights.

"The first residents left three days ago and yesterday or the day before".

"There are six studios in the basement, and we've had to set up blocks outside to keep the windows from breaking and covering everything in water", he said. Lower levels of auto parking ramps near the rivers, whose confluence is in downtown Lyon, were evacuated. On Wednesday, January 24, according to Le Parisien.

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French authorities have been put on standby as the rain-swollen Seine River continues to engulf surrounding walkways.

However fears of flooding like that of 1910, which saw the Seine rise to 8.62m, shutting down much of Paris's basic infrastructure, looks unlikely.

One of the most affected areas was the town of Villeneuve-St.

The statue of a Crimean soldier - known as the Zouave - on the Pont de l'Alma has always been used as a marker for water levels in the city. The circulation of the RER C train is completely interrupted in the stretch that runs alonside the Seine, a measure that authorities chose to extend until January 31.

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The Seine runs in a deep channel that limits the impact of swelling waters.

Paris floods: Hundreds make dramatic escape in boats as Seine rises