Flooded Seine river swells 6m - report

2016-06-03 15:32
The Eiffel tower is reflected on flooded railway lines after the River Seine burst its banks following heavy rain. (Joel Saget, AFP)

The Eiffel tower is reflected on flooded railway lines after the River Seine burst its banks following heavy rain. (Joel Saget, AFP)

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Paris -The level of the Seine has risen by 6m with a peak of up to 6.5m expected later, the French environment ministry says.

"The high-water level in Paris is expected later about 6.3m above its normal level after heavy rain.

"It should be noted that this is more of a plateau than a peak, since this level will remain relatively stable for the whole weekend before receding," the ministry said.

The peak is expected to beat the levels reached during floods in 1982, when the river rose 6.15m above its normal level.

The record remains the 8.68m reached during devastating floods in 1910.

The ministry also said it was possible that some residents in areas near the Seine in western Paris could be evacuated if necessary.

At least 14 people have been killed across northern Europe in this week's floods, trapping people in their homes and forcing rescuers to row lifeboats down streets turned into rivers.

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