(River) Seine rising

(River) Seine rising
File photo showing river tidily within its banks. (Image: Shutterstock)

[Ed. – Just a reminder: “highest level in 35 years” means the iconic river’s level was this high 35 years ago (when the pop-climatological terror of the day was “a new ice age”).  I know LU Nation doesn’t actually need this reminder that rising river levels are not unprecedented.  But some visitors may.]

The swollen Seine River kept rising Friday, spilling into Paris streets and forcing one landmark after another to shut down as it surged to its highest levels in nearly 35 years. Across the city, museums, parks and cemeteries shut down as the city braced for evacuations.

The Seine was expected to peak in Paris early Saturday at about 5 meters (16 feet, 3 inches) above normal. Authorities shut the Louvre museum, the national library, the Orsay museum and the Grand Palais, Paris’ striking glass-and-steel topped exhibition center. …

Nearly a week of heavy rain has led to serious flooding across a swathe of Europe, leaving 16 people dead and others missing.

Although the rain has tapered off in some areas, floodwaters are still climbing and could take weeks to clear and authorities urged vigilance. Traffic in the French capital was snarled as flooding choked roads and several Paris railway stations shut down.

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