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Paris floods as heavy rains hit Europe

Pompiers, Paris

Emily Ashwell

Engineers have installed emergency flood barriers along the River Seine in Paris, as water levels are expected to reach the city’s red alert height of 6.5m today (3 June).

Days of rain have caused havoc across Europe, with France and Germany particularly hit. A partial state of emergency has been declared in France’s worst affected areas. Ten people across Europe are understood to have died due the flooding.

At 8am this morning the Seine had risen to 5.55m and barriers have been installed to protect vital infrastructure. French train operator SNCF has closed rail lines in Paris following safety concerns.

Pictured is the city’s fire service, Brigade de sapeurs-pompiers de Paris, carrying out an evacuation of more than 380 people from Villeneuve-Saint-Georges.

Paris floods

Paris floods, French interior ministry tweet

Source: Ministère de l’Intérieur, France

Last night two of Paris’ most famous buildings, the Musée du Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, announced they would be forced to close today in order to protect the artworks.

Louvre, Paris, floods

Paris floods, Louvre tweet

Source: Louvre, Paris

Parisians are posting photos of the swelled Seine on Twitter under the hashtag #CrueSeine.

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