Nearly 1500 people evacuated from Paris homes as River Seine continues to rise
Nearly 1,500 people have been evacuated from homes in the Paris region, with authorities on alert for any major flood risk after the levels of the swollen River Seine rose further on Sunday.
Michel Delpuech, head of the Paris police body, told reporters that around 1,500 people had been moved out of homes in the Ile de France region comprising the French capital and its suburbs.
“The waters will only go away slowly,” added Delpuech.
WATCH: The River Seine in Paris continues to rise, threatening to overflow, causing the city and various suburbs to remain on flood alert with part of a commuter line suspended and river traffic banned.
The Seine’s waters were set to peak later on Sunday or early on Monday close to levels which led to similar flooding in 2016, authorities said.
The overflowing waters have already engulfed riverside walkways in Paris and led the world-famous Louvre museum to close a basement display of Islamic art.
Paris’s “Bateaux Mouches” tourist boats have been shut down due to the high waters while swans have been seen swimming where there are usually pavements and rats forced up onto the streets.
WATCH: Flooding fears in Paris prompt closures, including of the Louvre
Flooding caused destruction in Paris in 1910 when the Seine rose by 8.65 meters, although no deaths were recorded there.
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