Paris museum reopens

2016-06-05 16:05
The scene in the Louvre shows boxes containing valuable artworks stored near the Venus de Milo before flooding started to ease. (Geoffroy van der Hasselt, AFP)

The scene in the Louvre shows boxes containing valuable artworks stored near the Venus de Milo before flooding started to ease. (Geoffroy van der Hasselt, AFP)

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Paris - The riverside Grand Palais exhibition hall in Paris reopened on Sunday as floodwaters slowly receded from the French capital, though risks remain for other regions.

The Louvre Museum, several Paris train stations and roads remained closed after the worst floods in three decades caused the Seine River to burst its banks. Quayside restaurants were partially flooded and tourist boats were unable to pass under bridges.

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 on Sunday after closing Friday because of flood risks.

Elsewhere, emergency crews were pumping water out of a key Paris highway interchange and evacuating cars trapped for days on a highway south of the capital.

After a week of exceptionally heavy rains around Europe, at least 18 people have been killed in flooding in Germany, France, Romania and Belgium.

New thunderstorms are forecast for eastern France later on Sunday and more rain elsewhere and more than 11 000 French homes are still without electricity.

The Seine River level peaked in Paris on Saturday and the national flood service said it would remain about 4m above normal on Sunday. Authorities warn it will take up to 10 days for the river to return to normal.

The flood risks along the Seine are moving downstream after forcing thousands out of their homes and houseboats the last few days. West of Paris, it overflowed around the medieval city of Rouen overnight, but the local administration said on Sunday the damage was "localised and limited" and severe flood warnings for the area were lifted.

German authorities on Sunday pulled the plug on the Rock am Ring music festival west of Frankfurt after a new storm warning was issued. A lightning storm sent 70 people from the festival to the hospital on Friday.

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