Nearly 1,500 Evacuated in Paris Region as Rising Seine Poses Flood Risk

January 29, 2018 Updated: January 29, 2018    

PARIS—Nearly 1,500 people have been evacuated from homes in the Paris region, with authorities on alert for any major flood risk after the levels of the swollen River Seine rose further on Sunday.

Michel Delpuech, head of the Paris police body, told reporters that around 1,500 people had been moved out of homes in the Ile de France region comprising the French capital and its suburbs.

“The waters will only go away slowly,” added Delpuech.

A parking desk is partly submerged by the River Seine after days of almost non-stop rain caused flooding in the country in Paris, France Jan. 28, 2018. (Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes)

The Seine’s waters were set to peak later on Sunday or early on Monday close to levels which led to similar flooding in 2016, authorities said.

The overflowing waters have already engulfed riverside walkways in Paris and led the world-famous Louvre museum to close a basement display of Islamic art.

A view shows the flooded banks of the Seine River after days of almost non-stop rain caused flooding in the country in Paris, France Jan. 28, 2018. (Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes)

Paris’s “Bateaux Mouches” tourist boats have been shut down due to the high waters while swans have been seen swimming where there are usually pavements and rats forced up onto the streets.

Flooding caused destruction in Paris in 1910 when the Seine rose by 8.65 meters, although no deaths were recorded there.

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