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Hundreds evacuated as floodwaters threaten Paris

Hundreds evacuated as floodwaters threaten Paris

The swollen River Seine, which flows through Paris, is expected to continue rising until tonight NZT, reaching 5.95m, according to police.

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

The river overflowed in some places this week when water levels reached just over 5 meters (nearly 17 feet).

"There are six studios in the basement, and we've had to set up blocks outside to keep the windows from breaking and covering everything in water", he said.

Outside, where the river was almost lapping the tyres of parked vehicles, a young woman said it was "great to see ducks instead of cars".

Upstream of Paris, water levels in the Marne - the river that joins the Seine as it enters the city - continued to creep higher on Saturday, Paris police said.

It's enough to worry Joao de Macedo, janitor at a residential building in Paris's upscale 16th Arrondissement.

It is noted that the flood covered not only Paris but also Lyon.




Inside the studios, tables and dressers have been lifted off the floor as water seeps through the walls.

Meteo France, the national weather service, said December and January have been the third wettest on record since 1900.

Residents along the river have been forced to leave their homes and in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, a south-eastern suburb of the city, people have had to wade through thigh-high muddy water and use boats to get around.

In 2016, torrential rains had triggered heavy flooding, plunging parts of France's central regions and Paris' venues into chaos where the Seine rose to 6.1 meters.

Flooding has disrupted some metro and train services in the city, and some walkways and roads near the river are closed.

At the Pont d'Austerlitz, the Seine is about 26m deep, according to the Paris mayor's office.

Several areas on the city's outskirts are under water, and some residents are getting around by boat while dozens have been evacuated from their homes.

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