Paris Experiences Peak Floods and the Worst rains In Five Decades

On Monday, flood waters reached their peak in Paris and were threatening to sweep towns downstream along the Seine River which was rain-engorged as it flows towards the English Channel through Normandy. French rivers have flooded as a result of the heaviest downpour ever to hit France in 50 years. The rivers have engulfed romantic quays, in the French capital, halted riverboat cruises and swallowed up roads and gardens. The rains have also led to people raising concerns about climate change and a warming planet. Meteo France, which is the national weather service in France released a statement on Monday in which it said that nearly double the amount of rainfall expected had been experienced in January.

The weather service also added that the rains that have been recorded in the last three months are the highest in five decades. One of the tourists who is visiting Paris from Boston in the US, Terry Friberg said that he was amazed at the height of seine this January and that it was something that he had never seen since he started to visit France in 1965. Friberg said that he loves Paris, but he was concerned about the level at which the Seine river had swollen. A statement by Vigicrues, one of the agencies that monitors floods indicated that the levels of water in the French capital had hit a height of 19 feet 2 inches.

On the Austerlitz scale on Monday. The agency said that the waters are expected to maintain those volumes for days or even weeks on end. The heavy rains and flooding present bad news for tourists who had made plans to go to Paris for the riverboats popularly known as "bateaux mouches.” Other tourists had also made plans to pay a visit to the Louvre museum’s bottom floor which has since closed down as a precaution since last week.

The lines that serve Versailles along with the Riverside train station have also faced closure and are set to have their doors remain closed for a few days from now. Michael Jelatis, a tourist from South Africa, who had gone to Paris to visit the Notre Dame cathedral on a central Paris island, was among the many tourists and locals who have linked global warming and climate change to the raging floods. Global warming is the chief cause of weather extremities such as too cold, too hot, little to no rain and flooding.

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