Paris Floods Peak, But Some Attractions Still Shut Down

Boats are lined up along the flooded river Seine in Paris France
Boats are lined up along the flooded river Seine in Paris, France. // Photo by AP Photo/Michel Euler via Newscred

The floodwaters peaked in Paris late Monday, but a number of tourist attractions are still shut down. Some travel disruptions also remain on the city’s RER trains.

According to the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Sainte-Chapelle de Vincennes, a Gothic chapel in the Chateau de Vincennes near the city, will remain closed through February 8. Travelers will be able to visit the dungeon only at a reduced admission price.

The Chateau de Champs-sur-Marne and its gardens closed early Monday, at 3:30 p.m. local time. The chateau, which is also near Paris, is always closed on Tuesdays.

The Louvre is still reporting that the lower level of its Islamic Arts Department is closed to the public as the museum implements its flood protection plan.

Traffic on the C line of the RER is still suspended between Javel and Gare d’Austerlitz, between avenue Henri Martin and Gare d’Austerlitz, and between Viroflay Rive Gauche and Saint-Quentin en Yvelines.

According to Deustche Welle, the Seine River peaked at approximately 19 feet above normal levels Monday, with the floodwaters not expected to recede until today. Towns downstream of Paris, including in the Normandy region, are still being advised to take precautions.

Business Insider reports that the floodwaters reached so high that it submerged the Ile aux Cygnes, an island in the Seine that is home to a quarter-scale replica of the Statue of Liberty.

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