Published on : Friday, June 3, 2016
Tourists in Paris will have little to now that the River Seine has risen 6m (19ft) above its normal level. Much of the city and its surrounding areas have been placed on Orange alert as flood waters continue to rise. Six week worth of rain has fallen in three days.
Places that have been closed down are Musée d’Orsay and Louvre. Tourists cannot visit these two places in the present flood conditions.
Over 40 parks and public spaces have been closed down which includes the Buttes Chaumont park and the Père Lachaise cemetery in the east of the city.
Restaurants along the river bank have been forced to close. Restaurants and bars along the Seine have been badly affected by the floods. The other restaurateurs are ruing that floods in the tourist season are drowning their business. Much of central and northern France is flooding after torrential rain has fallen over the past few days.
Transport authorities have been forced to close a section if the RER line C and several stations which would add to the troubles of the already suffering strike hit commuters. The Saint-Michel station has also been closed as part of the emergency response plan. Another important main commuter line which crosses Paris was closed on sections of the line running along the left bank of the River Seine. The tracks between Saint Michel and Musée d’Orsay have been forced to be closed down. Only Lines 10 and 6 are alternatively working. However REC C will operate outside Paris.
Parts of the right bank of Seine had to be closed to vehicles along with river traffic for precaution. A crisis cell has been put up in Paris to keep an eye on the river. Experts feel Paris is still a long way in facing the catastrophe repeat of the 1910 floods.
French President Hollande announced that a state of natural disaster has been declared for those parts of the country that have been worst hit by floods.
About 25,000 people are without power in Paris and central France. The French Open Tennis Tournament could be extended into a third week owing to the situation in Paris. The Euro 2016 Championship is scheduled to start from the next week and soccer fans from around the world are expected to arrive to Paris to witness the event.
Conditions in the airport have also been frustrating for passengers as many flights have been cancelled due to civil aviation workers’ walkout. Ryanair the budget airline cancelled 75 flights on Thursday. Poor weather conditions have also triggered violent clashes in the streets between police and workers. The picture is of general unrest in the city.
Floods have affected many parts of Central Europe. At least 11 people have died and thousands have been rendered homeless. More downpours are expected throughout Central Europe from France to Ukraine.