Flooding in northern France

A street lamp and a tree are seen on the flooded banks of the River Seine in Paris

Flooding along the River Seine in Paris, France, 27 Jan 2018 (Reuters)

According to France’s meteorological agency, rain in December and January has led to the third wettest period ever in Paris which is why the River Seine and other tributaries in northern France have spilled their banks.

The river is expected to peak on Sunday at 6 metres – normally it measures 2 metres – slightly below the exceptional flooding in 2016 and the disastrous flood of 1910.

Some riverside restaurants have been submerged and roads and parks have been closed due to high water levels.

All boat traffic on the Seine has been halted including tourist cruises, some Metro stations are shuttered and the Louvre has shut down the museum’s lower level as a precaution.

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Severe flooding in Western Europe

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Seine River overflows in Paris, France, 02 June 2016 (Getty Images)


Water levels on the Seine River in Paris are decreasing after peaking earlier today at more than five metres above normal – a 35-year high.

However, French officials say it could be days before the Seine returns to normal.

Curators at the Louvre were scrambling to move tens of thousands of artworks from basement storage to safer areas upstairs.

Days of rain have soaked Western Europe and at least 16 people have been killed by flooding in parts of France, Germany, Romania and Belgium.