Paris receives record rainfall in 35 years

The city of Paris received record rainfall, raising water levels of Seine River is spilling into Paris streets and forcing one French landmark after another to shut down as it surges to its highest levels in nearly 35 years

Across the city, museums, parks and cemeteries were shut down as the city braced for evacuations, as the Seine River will be reaching five metres above normal on Saturday.

Nearly a week of heavy rain has led to serious flooding across Europe, leaving 16 people dead and others missing.

Traffic in the French capital was snarled as flooding choked roads and several Paris railway stations shut.French authorities activated preliminary plans to transfer the French presidency and other sensitive sites to secure places in case of flooding.

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