Paris museums shifting artifacts to ensure safety from floodwater

Published on : Saturday, June 4, 2016

paris-flood759The renounced museum authorities of Louvre and Orsay emptied and moved all the precious artworks to underground storage as the floodwater level rises in various parts of Paris. The deputy mayor informed that the torrential rains that already killed two, is making the water level of the river Seine mount. Given to the circumstances, it would be wisest to move the artworks to safety.



The disastrous flood has already disrupted the livelihood of the people. Thousands of citizens and tourists had to be evacuated and the schools and offices in southern Paris had to be closed down for an indefinite period of time. Currently the army is operating the rescue work in the flooded areas.



A recent forecast states that water level in Seine could rise up to six metres near central Paris on Friday, 3rd June. It is being guessed that the floodwater can subside after weeks.



Deputy mayor of Paris, Bruno Julliard said, “For the museums, even if fortunately there isn’t any flooding of storerooms as of today, there is an automatic process above 5.50 metres to move works in the deepest storerooms higher.”



He also added that the museums are not at immediate risk on early Friday, but the low lying roads near the river are still underwater.



The underground commuter line in Paris has been closed and other communication options are not looking very promising at present. Although only two deaths have been reported till date, the figure might increase after the water reclines.



Both the museums contain artifacts, which not only amuse people, but also carry tradition and history from generation to generation. It would be a terrible loss, if any of the artwork gets damaged due to floodwater.

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