Louvre reopens after Paris flooding

2016-06-08 16:57


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Paris - The Louvre and the Orsay, the premier museums of Paris, have reopened after an emergency closure last week to move masterpieces to higher ground during the city's worst flooding in decades.

Visitors lined up to see the Mona Lisa and other famed works in the Louvre after Wednesday's reopening. Louvre officials moved 35 000 artworks from storage areas and low-lying exhibition areas of the riverside museum as the Seine River rose last week.

Flooding around Europe has killed at least 19 people, including a 77-year-old man who drowned in his car on Tuesday in northern France.

The Seine's levels peaked on Saturday in Paris but remain more than 3 meters above normal, and several French regions are facing thunderstorm warnings on Wednesday.

The Orsay Museum, renowned for its Impressionist collection, also reopened on Wednesday.

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