Thursday 26 April 2018

Seine overflows Paris embankments as France braced for floods

Ducks swim on the overflowing embankments of Paris (AP)
Ducks swim on the overflowing embankments of Paris (AP)

The River Seine has overflowed embankments in Paris as floods hit or threaten cities and towns around France.

Paris City Hall closed roads along the shore of the Seine from the south-west edge of the city to the area around the Eiffel Tower on Wednesday as the water level rose 14ft (4.3m) higher than usual.

City authorities warned residents and visitors to be vigilant around the river banks, and said high river levels were expected to continue until Friday.

Heavy rain has caused delays at the French Open tennis tournament, forced the evacuation of two prisons and prompted thousands of rescue operations from the Belgian border south to Burgundy.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve urged people to exercise the "greatest caution".

No casualties have been reported.

President Francois Hollande expressed his "support" to the victims of the floods during a cabinet meeting, according to government spokesman Stephane Le Foll.

Mr Cazeneuve, speaking to reporters after the cabinet meeting, urged vigilance and said the government is working to protect flood victims and pledged to pay for rescue and clean-up efforts.

Press Association

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