Flood Fears Shut Paris Metro Line And Museum TrendyVoice

2 June 2016

Flood Fears Shut Paris Metro Line And Museum




Its most famous painting, Leonardo da Vince's
"Mona Lisa," is staying put on an upper floor.
Tourist boat cruises along the Seine have also been
cancelled as the waters are predicted to keep rising.
Authorities have shut down a suburban train line
that runs alongside the Seine in central Paris.
It serves popular tourist sites like the Eiffel Tower,
the Invalides plaza and the Orsay museum.


Other subway lines in Paris are running normally
despite the flooding.
In the Loire valley in central France, the renowned
castles of Chambord and Azay-le-Rideau were closed
to the public because of floods in their parks.
More rain is forecast for the coming days, and
authorities in Paris predict the Seine River won't
reach its peak until Friday.
The French authorities say waters along the Loing
River, a tributary of the Seine, are at levels not seen
since 1910, when the capital was hit by a massive
flood.


Several roads in and out of Paris are already under
water.
Emergency services have been evacuating residents
from the town of Nemours, about 50 miles south of
Paris.
Residents in the Paris suburb of Longjumeau have
been warned to stay indoors and await help.
Days of heavy rains have caused exceptional delays
to the French Open tennis tournament in Paris,
possibly forcing it to run over into a third week.
Rivers from Paris to Bavaria have broken their
banks, with more rain predicted over the coming
days in France, Germany and Belgium.
So far, six people have died as a result of the rains
and the flooding.
In Paris, an 86-year-old woman died in her flooded
home in Souppes-sur-Loing, south-east of Paris.
In Germany four people are confirmed dead in the
flooding, which swept through the towns of Simbach
am Inn and Triftern near the Austrian border.

Others are reported missing.
The southern German state of Bavaria, which has
been badly hit by the rains, has promised "quick
and unbureaucratic help" to residents in areas near
the Austrian border.
It has pledged that the state "won't abandon those
affected, some of whom have lost their whole
homes".
Although the waters in Bavaria have receded, there
are warnings of more storms to come.
Belgium, too, is suffering its fourth day of heavy
rain. No deaths or injuries have been reported so far.




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