Torrential rains have put France under water
Lots of flood news today.
Torrential rain is ripping across parts of Western Europe in some of the world's most famous cities, from Paris to Bavaria. Thousands have had to evacuate -- more rain is predicted for the coming weekend.
Paris had to close down its famous Louvre and relocate the artwork from rooms threatened by the water.
Des canards nagent sur les quais débordés de Paris, le 1er Juin. La Mairie de Paris a fermé les routes le long de la rive sud-ouest de la Seine dans le quartier autour de la Tour Eiffel où le niveau d'eau a augmenté de 4,3 mètres de plus que d'habitude. -- Ducks swim on the overflowing embankments of Paris, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Paris City Hall closed roads along the shore of the Seine from the southwest edge of the city to the neighborhood around the Eiffel Tower as the water level has risen 4.3 meters (14 feet 1 inches) higher than usual. -- Photo : Thibault Camus @ap.images #Paris #Seine #Innondation #Flood
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Roads near to river were closed and even train lines running were shut down.
#BREAKING Paris's Louvre to shut to evacuate works amid floods
— AFP news agency (@AFP) June 2, 2016
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) June 1, 2016
— Benmafoi (@benmafoi) June 1, 2016
Paris had its wettest May in 150 years. Seine is high, sidewalk/service road under water in photo I took this am. pic.twitter.com/x8pzsFb8lf
— Jay Trobec (@trobec) June 1, 2016
— Reuters Pictures (@reuterspictures) June 1, 2016
The river Seine has burst its banks in many places and power outages have affected 25,000 people in Paris and central France. In Loing, the entire business district is under water. These water levels have not been seen in the country since the historic floods of 1910.
Here are some of those pictures for comparison.
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) June 2, 2016
In Germany, at least nine people have died due to the floods. Large scale rescue efforts took place to rescue students who had been trapped in their schools in Simbach am Inn and Triftern, in southern Germany.
In several places, the water is over three feet above street level.
— Muschelschloss ? ? (@Muschelschloss) June 1, 2016
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Forecasters are predicting further thunderstorms and even hail through the weekend as the slow-moving storm system continues to move across the region.
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