Paris remains to be on flood alert regardless that rain has stopped

Paris remains to be on flood alert regardless that rain has stopped

The Seine River in Paris is expected to hit its peak on Saturday, as hundreds of residents have been evacuated as a precaution.

Roads along the shores of the Seine remained closed on Wednesday as well as seven train stations alongside the river.

Floodwaters were nearing their peak in Paris on Saturday, with the rain-swollen Seine River engulfing scenic quays and threatening wine cellars and museum basements.

"Flooding is a natural phenomenon; it becomes a catastrophe because we humans have put ourselves and our infrastructures in the wrong place", Sebastien Maire, Paris's chief resilience officer told the Guardian after the 2016 floods.

Braving the chilly air on Friday morning was a small group of people gathered at the Pont de l'Alma to take pictures of the Zouave, a statue representing a Crimean War soldier which is used to measure the Seine's water levels.

Some quay-side restaurants were submerged, and some roads and parks were closed as a precautionary measure - along with the bottom floor of the Louvre Museum.

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All Metro stations are now open although services have been affected by the floods especially on line 7 where water has got on to the tracks.

In a study published Tuesday, they noted that though Paris had implemented further flood prevention policies since 2014, the authorities' efforts remained limited compared with the risks the city faced.

France had an especially rainy week last week, and the city of Paris is flooding.

It's enough to worry Joao de Macedo, janitor at a residential building in Paris's upscale 16th Arrondissement.

Anthony Huard, who organizes floating parties on a boat moored in the suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt, said much of his activity has been halted.

Meteorologists report that over the past week in the basin of the Seine, had a two-week rainfall. According to projections, a flood comparable to the 1910 Great Flood could cost damage costing between 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) and 30 billion euros ($37 billion).

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