- Paris metro line to be shut down, Louvre might follow as Seine rises
Paris is preparing to close an underground metro line as water levels in the River Seine continue to rise. The RER C suburban Metro line will be closed within Paris from 4pm (14:00 GMT), rail operator SNCF said. Staff at the Louvre museum were told the venue was likely to close too. “It is highly likely that we will have to shut the museum and ask for volunteers’ help this afternoon,” Louvre museum chief Jean-Luc Martinez told employees, Reuters reports.
2. Rail operator SNCF decided to close the Saint-Michel station earlier on Thursday as part of its emergency response plan. The Invalides station was also at the point of being closed at around 2pm.
The service said that from 4pm the RER C, one of the main commuter lines that crosses Paris, will be closed on the section of the line that runs along the left bank of the River Seine.
The part of the line affected is between Austerlitz in the east and the stations Javel and Avenue Henri Martin in the west of Paris.
3. PARIS — French media say that thousands have been evacuated as floods continue to threaten homes and businesses across the Paris region.
French authorities say that areas along the Loing River, a tributary of the Seine, had seen waters rise to levels unseen since 1910, when a massive flood swamped the French capital.
Media reported of evacuations in the town of Nemours, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Paris. The iTele broadcaster said 400 firefighters and police were at work there removing people from flood-hit homes.
France’s meteorological service said Thursday that severe flood watches are in effect in two Paris-area departments: Loiret and Seine-et-Marne. Eight more departments, including three on the German, border, face flood warnings as well.