Some of Paris' most famous tourist attractions are being evacuated

By Lisa Marie Segarra
January 27, 2018
Flooded banks of the River Seine with the Eiffel Tower in the background are seen after days of almost non-stop rain caused flooding in the country on January 27, 2018 in Paris, France. The water level of the Seine has risen after the bad weather of recent days and is expected to continue to rise over the weekend.
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Some of Paris’ biggest tourist spots are being evacuated after heavy rains have caused flooding from the Seine River in the city.

The world famous Louvre Museum has been affected by the Seine flooding, leaving the lower level of the Department of Islamic Arts closed until Sunday, according to the Evening Standard. Artwork has also been removed from the basement level of the Louvre.

The Arc de Triomphe and roads surrounding the Seine have also been closed. The iconic arches were closed Wednesday after it was deemed the structure could be dangerous with the heavy rainfall, the Standard reported.

Residential roads have also been flooded in the Paris area. Meteorologists were initially worried that the water level would reach as high as 20 feet, CNN noted, but most of those fears were alleviated after the rain stopped Friday. However, estimates still fall just under 20 feet. At its highest, the Seine reached 28 feet, during the “The Great Flood” of 1910, the Standard added.

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