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Photos: Paris is drowning in epic floods

Reuters/Pascal Rossignol
Dangerously close to the city’s most recognizable structure.
By Hanna Kozlowska
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Pounded by days of non-stop rain, Paris has been flooded by the highest levels of water in more than three decades. The Seine river that flows through the city burst through its banks on Wednesday (June 1), creating apocalyptic landscapes in the heart of Europe.

Waters are expected to reach a peak level of 6.5m (21ft) above normal levels today (June 3), threatening the cultural treasures of the French capital. The famous Louvre and Orsay museums have been forced to close, in order to move their collections to safer locations.

EPA/Christoph Petit Tesson
Asnieres, northern suburb of Paris.

Paris has seen epic flooding before, notably in the 1910 “Great Flood of Paris,” when water rose more than eight meters (26 feet), submerging the city for two months.

Heavy rains have been merciless across the rest of France and other European countries since the weekend, killing at least 15, mostly in southern Germany. In France alone, more than 5,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.

Reuters/Christian Hartmann
A resident brings French baguettes to his mother’s flooded house in Chalette-sur-Loing Montargis, near Orleans.
Reuters/Charles Platiau
Padlocks clipped by lovers are seen in front of the Ile de La Cite.
Reuters/Pascal Rossignol
Houseboats are moored as high waters cover the banks of the Seine.
Reuters/Christian Hartmann
Villeneuve Saint-Georges, outside Paris.
EPA/Jeremy Lempin
EPA/Jeremy Lempin
The slowly sinking ‘Le Zouave’ statue, often used as a marker for the level of the Seine.
Reuters/John Schults
Crates with pieces of artworks from the collections of the Louvre Museum.
Reuters/Christian Hartmann
Juvisy-sur-Orge, near Paris.
Reuters/Charles Platiau
Some things never change.
Reuters/Pascal Rossignol
The French Open must go on.
AP Photo/Michel Euler
Roland Garros stadium.
AP Photo/David Vincent
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.
Reuters/Christian Hartmann
French firefighters on small boats evacuate residents from a flooded area in Nemours.

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