Paris Floods Shut Down Part of Louvre, Other Attractions

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

High floodwaters on the Seine have shut down or disrupted several tourist attractions in Paris, and a number of other towns in Normandy are in the path of the floods as well.

Sightseeing cruises on the Seine are suspended for the next several days due to the high waters. Additionally, the Conciergerie is closed today, according to the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Louvre reports that it is still open, except for the lower level of its Department of Islamic Arts, which is closed to the public.

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In terms of public transit, traffic is suspended on the C line of the RER between Javel and Gare d’Austerlitz and between avenue Henri Martin and Gare d’Austerlitz due to the flooding.

According to The Guardian, the river rose 19.2 feet early Monday morning, peaking more than 13 feet above its normal level. Approximately 1,500 people have been evacuated, with a similar number of households losing power. The flooding is expected to stay at its current level throughout the day before beginning to recede Tuesday.

According to the Associated Press via U.S. News and World Report, the floodwaters have also caused damage in 242 towns along the Seine and its tributaries. Several more communities downstream west of Paris, toward Normandy and the English Channel, are also now under threat.

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