Grand Palais reopens, Louvre still closed after Paris flooding
Flooding also keeps France's Orsay museum shuttered, as music festival in Germany forced to send fans home
The riverside Grand Palais exhibition hall in Paris reopened Sunday as floodwaters slowly receded from the French capital in the wake of the worst flooding in three decades, which caused the Seine River to crest its banks.
Other regions around Paris remained at risk, notably parts of Normandy, as digging out began in nearby villages and towns.
The Louvre — the world's largest museum — said it won't reopen until Wednesday. Curators were scrambling earlier in the week to move some 250,000 artworks from basement storage areas at risk of flooding to safer areas upstairs.
The glass-topped Grand Palais, built for the 1900 World's Fair and currently hosting an exhibit by avant-garde Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping, among several others, opened again Sunday after closing Friday.
The Orsay Museum, known for its impressionist art, was also closed through the weekend.
After a week of exceptionally heavy rains around Europe, at least 18 people died in flooding in Germany, France, Romania and Belgium.
New thunderstorms were forecast for eastern France on Sunday, and in Normandy, the Seine was expected to peak later in the day. More than 11,000 French homes are still without electricity.
German authorities pulled the plug on the Rock am Ring music festival, west of Frankfurt, Sunday after a new storm warning was issued, sending tens of thousands of festival-goers home. Late Friday, a lightning storm sent 70 people from the event to the hospital.