June 3, 2016 10:19am CST
I know most of you have seen or heard about the flooding in Texas. Bet you didn't know that France is having the same problem. A friend of mine in Europe told me the Seine is set to peak as more rain is forecast there as it is at its highest levels in decades. The Louvre and Orsay museums have been shut so priceless artworks can be moved to safety. This flooding seems to be all over Europe, how sad that thousands of people are now homeless.
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3 Jun 16
The Seine should stop to rise this afternoon, and only the streets/roads near it are flooded, a few basements and a subway line. Some museums have closed to remove the arts in their basements, by security because they are not yet flooded. We have rain since months in France, and the banks of the Seine were already a bit flooded last month when I went there. The actual level of the Seine is 6 feet under the level of the last large flood, in 1910. Everything has been done since to prevent any house to be flooded up to the 1910 level. Two gymnasiums have been opened to the homeless people sleeping under the bridges.
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3 Jun 16
@JohnRoberts I saw quite the same in 1982 when the Seine reached 6.18m. It should reach 6.30m today. And it was 7.14m in 1955. Media are speaking of a "cent-year" flood, like they did 30 and 60 years ago. The 1910 flood was at 8.62m. Up to 7.50m there is no danger today for any house, except to have water in their basements.