European floods declare at the least 16 lives

Torrential rains throughout France and Germany left at the least 16 folks lifeless, drove hundreds from their houses and compelled the Louvre Museum to maneuver its artwork treasures to greater floor.

The floodwaters snarled site visitors on this French capital and compelled the closure of a number of railway and Metro stations. The Louvre was closed as employees eliminated artworks from decrease rooms threatened by the rising River Seine that runs subsequent to the museum. Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, is positioned on an higher flooring and didn’t must be moved.

The Musée d’Orsay, additionally subsequent to the Seine, was closed as nicely due to the raging river that winds by central Paris.


France’s atmosphere ministry stated the Seine would rise Friday to 16 toes above its regular ranges — the very best in 35 years — earlier than beginning to recede. With extra rain anticipated, police raised the emergency alert degree to the second highest, Orange, for areas close to the Seine.

Greater than 20,000 individuals are with out energy in Paris and central France, French vitality firm Enedis stated.

In southern Germany, at the least seven folks have died and flood injury is estimated at $15 million, in line with the German authorities.

Claudia Galtes, 22, a pupil from Florida who’s finding out on the American College of Paris, stated the water has not trapped her in her home, however she’s staying put for now.

“It feels lots like winter proper now. Everyone seems to be carrying rain boots and raincoats. Every thing is closed on the Seine. Employees are stacking sandbags to cease the flooding,” she stated. “The river is correct subsequent to me. Fortunately I stay on the eighth flooring.”

One other pupil on the American College of Paris, William Dorn, 22, from South Carolina, stated the floods aggravated what felt like a rising quantity of issues for Paris to cope with, together with threatened Metro strikes, terrorism alerts and unseasonably chilly climate.

“It makes me cautious to even e-book a visit to see mates in different cities in France or close by international locations. I’m nervous my journey plans could be canceled,” he stated.

Nicolas Lefevre, 44, the proprietor of Les Nautes, a bar and restaurant on the Seine’s proper financial institution, stated the water rose in a short time. “On Wednesday, we walked in and located that we might now not entry the bar — then we could not do rather more. Our toes had been within the water, I couldn’t ship my employees into the water,” he stated.


“We did not have the time to safe the terrace, it is not possible — they need to have warned us three days forward (of time),” he added. “The Left Financial institution is an actual disaster, even containers from Metropolis Corridor are floating.”

Lefevre, whose enterprise is positioned in a former customs home that collected taxes from boats getting into Paris, stated prospects trapped of their houses are ordering beer and wine now in hopes of imbibing later.

“All of our community is shopping for beer for the time being to assist us,” he stated. “As quickly because the water recedes, they will come to select up their beer and we are going to rejoice.”

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