Swollen Seine causing Paris floods

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Nearly 400 Parisians were forced to make a dramatic escape from their homes on Saturday (27 January), paddling away in small boats amid warnings that the River Seine may overflow its banks.

Amateur fisherman Maxime Potier from Arsenal Port in Paris said: 'The flood of the Seine river can be interesting from a fishing perspective, because many fish approach more easily the river banks and the surface.

Water levels by the central Austerlitz Bridge had reached 5.72 meters by midday Saturday, according to the official Vigicrues flood agency website.

One of the most affected areas was the town of Villeneuve-St.

City authorities have closed several tunnels, parks and the bottom floor of the Louvre Museum as precautionary measures, and the Musee d'Orsay and the Orangerie are on high alert.

In total, 20 departments across the country were issued orange alerts on Friday morning - 13 for flood risk (see map below).

However, authorities said Saturday that the flooding won't be as bad as forecast earlier this week.

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On Wednesday, the railway company SNCF closed seven train stations located along the river, interrupting commuter lines and major tourist stops near the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated along the Seine as floods caused significant damage in Paris suburbs in recent days, but no deaths or injuries have been reported.

By midday Friday, the Zouave had water up to its thighs.

Joao De Macedo, manager of a building on the right bank, said: "The first residents left three days ago and yesterday or the day before".

Experts have predicted that the river could even reach 6.2 metres, which would surpass the level of the 2016 flood by ten centimetres. "They put everything up on concrete blocks".

Residents on a small boat leave home in a flooded street of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, near Paris, France.

According to projections, a flood like the 1910 Great Flood, when the Seine reached 8.62m (28ft), could cost between £2.6bn and £26.2bn.

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