Parisians prepare for floods as water level rises

Jan 28, 2018, 00:30
Parisians prepare for floods as water level rises

The river is expected to peak in Paris on Sunday at 6 meters or less (19 feet, 8 inches) on the Austerlitz scale - below the 6.1 meters reached in exceptional floods in 2016, and well below the 8.6 meters hit in record floods in 1910. Just in front of the bridge close to the tunnel where Princess Diana was killed in a vehicle crash stands the Zouave.

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 Louvre announced the closure of the level that houses Islamic Art Wednesday, and it is unclear when that section will be able to reopen.

The rising Seine is spilling into the streets and wreaking havoc on the city after almost a week of heavy rainfall in Paris.

The river is expected to reach a peak of up to 6.2 metres in the capital today, which is four to five metres above its normal height.

By midday Friday, the Zouave had water up to its thighs.

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo said the city was coping - but said that the flooding, coupled with recent summer heatwaves, was "clearly a question of the town adapting to climate change". "It's nice to watch the waters running faster".

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

Joao De Macedo said residents of the building he manages all left three days ago.

Heavy rainfall in France has caused the Seine River in Paris to overflow its banks.

The situation is far more hard outside Paris. They will also have an economic impact on the businesses operating boats on the Seine, since all river traffic has been banned until further notice.

"Since the start of the year I have only been able to host just two events, instead of 10 normally", he said.

Some 20 flood warnings have been issued for Paris and surrounding areas, with French authorities putting residents and businesses along the capital's River Seine on high alert over rising floodwaters.

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