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25 Jan, 2018 09:11

Seine keeps rising in Paris, 15 departments in France on orange alert for floods

France’s national weather agency says 15 departments remain on orange alert for floods – the second-highest level of vigilance. Rivers across France keep swelling, with more rain expected on Thursday. In Paris, the Seine River is expected to keep rising until Saturday, while regions in the north and east of the country are also under threat, AP said. Four other departments in central France have been placed on alert for snow and ice. Exceptionally high levels of rain this winter are to blame for the floods, with rainfall in Paris twice as high as normal. The Seine reached 5.44 meters by Thursday morning at the Austerlitz Bridge in the east of the city. It is expected to keep rising, reaching 6.1 meters by Saturday.