Paris — they call it the "Ville Lumière" — a city of lights.
But this week, the French capital looks more like a city of water. On Tuesday, during Paris's annual spring fashion show, the river Seine started overspilling its banks and gushing into neighboring streets as a result of weeks of rain.
Paris isn't the only place in the flood zone: at least 15 French departments (the rough equivalent of counties in the US) across the north and east of the country are on alert for more flooding, the Associated Press reports, even as a break from heavy rain is in the forecast.
The flood levels in Paris are expected to continue to rise until Saturday. Rainfall totals have been double the normal amount this winter in the city, and the Louvre museum, which sits beside the river, has closed the lower level of the department of Islamic Art to the public until at least Saturday.
It's a reminder that a catastrophic flood hit the city a century ago, drowning homes for months on end, and setting off a rash of cases of typhoid and scarlet fever. Some think the town is disastrously underprepared for another flood like that one.
Take a look at this week's flooding.
The flooding, which extended to this man's home in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, just outside Paris, comes after months of historically heavy rains.REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
French newspaper Le Monde says it’s Paris’s second wettest winter on record since 1900.
From December 1, 2017 to January 21, 2018 the city weathered more than 7 inches of rain. That's double what Parisians get in a typical year.REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
The high waters made work treacherous for this Paris fire-brigade diver checking the mooring-ropes of a peniche boat.
You can see how much higher the river is than it was in August of 2016:REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
And the Seine isn't expected to crest until Saturday.
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