This is what it looks like in flooded Paris

Torrential rain has forced thousands from their homes while the Seine River surges to its highest level in more than 30 years, shutting down the famed Louvre and Orsay museums.

The Louvre is closed so artworks can be moved to higher, drier, ground

This Parisian donned waders in order to hand deliver baguettes to his mother's flooded house in Châlette-sur-Loing Montargis, near Orléans, on Wednesday. (Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

Seine is at its highest level in 30 years.

Torrential rain forced thousands of people from their homes south of the French capital as the Seine River surged to its highest point in decades.

(Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)

An evacuation order went out in Paris suburbs.

Some residents, including these young men on homemade rafts in Villeneuve Saint-Georges, chose to get out on their own. 

(Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

Others, like this boatload in Nemours, south of Paris, were rescued by firemen. Over a quarter of Nemours 13,000 inhabitants were told to leave as floodwaters crept up to the second storey of buildings in the town center.

(Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

Days of heavy rain have hidden the Zouave's feet.

The Zouave statue at the Pont de l'Alma has for hundreds of years been used as an informal indicator of the Seine's flood level. When its feet are under water, it usually signals emergency flood precautions. This is what it looked like Friday.

(Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)

Paris's Statue of Liberty is high and dry.

A replica of the iconic New York City monument on Île aux Cygnes, a small island in Paris's 16th district, is surrounded by water.

(Joel Saget/AFP/Getty) (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty)

The Louvre and Orsay are closed.

Both museums overlooking the Seine were closed to the public on Friday.

In the Louvre, crates of Etruscan and Roman antiquities were stacked in corridors overlooked by classical marble statues. The fragile artworks and artifacts were moved up from the basement to avoid possible flood damage.

(John Schults/Reuters)

*While no flooding in the Louvre has been reported, precautionary measures are taken whenever the Seine reaches above five-and-a-half metres. 

(Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty) (Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty)

May was the wettest month in Paris since 1960.

The national weather service said the greater Paris region had in May endured its wettest month in nearly 60 years.

In the Loiret region, where local officials called on the army to help evacuate motorists trapped on the A10 motorway, the floods were the most severe in a century.

(Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty)

The rain didn't stop this couple from taking their wedding photos.

(Joel Saget/AFP/Getty)

The water is rising but not yet at record levels.

The Seine could peak at six metres in Paris on Friday, officials said, stressing that this was still well below the level where it would pose danger to residents. The river reached a record high of 8.6 metres in 1910, when thousands of Parisians had to flee flooded low-lying areas of the city.

(Jacky Naegelen/Reuters)


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