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Paris’s Seine Rises to Highest in 34 Years as Rains Lash France

  • French railways halted part of surburban train RER C services
  • Seine River in Paris reached levels not reached since 1982
Flooded Seine river in Paris.

Flooded Seine river in Paris.

Photographer: Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty Images
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Paris’s Seine River rose to its highest level in more than 34 years, disrupting train traffic and prompting the Louvre museum to shut to move some its artwork from flood-prone storage areas.

As torrential rains lashed France over the last several days, they flooded towns, brought down power lines and blocked train and road traffic in large sections of the center and the northeastern parts of the country. With images of inundated towns and flooded homes flashing across television screens, President Francois Hollande said in a press conference that the consequences of the bad weather were "very serious."