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Seine Reaches Record Levels, Affecting River Cruises

December 29, 2010 By: Jena Tesse Fox

Thanks to the unusually high amount of snowfall in France (and much of Europe) this season, we're getting reports that the Seine has risen to its highest level in four years, shutting down river boat companies. 

Website France24 is reporting that the river reached 3.91 meters (that’s 12.82  feet) on Tuesday, just 15 inches short of the maximum level allowed for navigation. The river cruise companies Bateaux Mouches and Batobus have shut down their operations, and authorities have closed the city expressways on both sides of the river. Water is now lapping at the ankles of the Zouave, the statue on the Pont de l’Alma that Parisians have used since the 19th century to measure the level of the river.

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Jena Tesse Fox
Jena Tesse Fox covers Europe, Africa, Australia/South Pacific and business travel for the Questex Travel Group's publications. The daughter of history teachers, she can spend...

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By Jena Tesse Fox | December 29, 2010
The Seine has risen to its highest level in four years, shutting down river boat companies.
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