Paris flooding: Seine is overflowing – Fear of Centennial (100-year) floods?

The water level on the Seine River flowing through Paris has increased by more than 4 meters due to recent heavy downpours.

Roads along the shore of the Seine have been closed. High river levels are expected to last through Friday.

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In some parts of the world, water is unexpectedly draining away, while in some others it is overflowing like in Paris, France right now!

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The Seine River has overflowed embankments in Paris as floods hit or threaten cities and towns around France.

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Paris City Hall closed roads along the shore of the Seine from the southwest edge of the city to the neighborhood around the Eiffel Tower as the water level has risen 4.3 meters (14 feet 1 inches) higher than usual.

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City authorities are warning residents and visitors to be vigilant Wednesday around the river banks, and said high river levels are expected to last through Friday.

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Heavy rain has caused delays at the French Open, forced the evacuation of two prisons and prompted thousands of rescue operations from the Belgian border south to Burgundy.

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Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve urged people to exercise the “greatest caution.”

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Specialists say we are far away from a the centennial flooding.

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The last 100-year floods occurred in 1910, when the water rose 8.5 meters, inundating a quarter of the French capital during one month.

Here a simulation of a 100-year flood upstream of Paris (in Val-de-Marne country):

Heavy rains should stop on Thursday and summer-like weather should be back on Saturday.

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