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Heavy rains bring flooding to France

A woman walks on a makeshit elevated track set to help inhabitants reach their home in a flooded street on Jan. 30, 2018, in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, near Paris. (Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)

Heavy rains bring flooding to France

Floodwaters peaked in Paris on Monday, Jan. 29 and were threatening towns downstream as the rain-engorged Seine River winds through Normandy toward the English Channel.

Rivers swollen by France’s heaviest rains in 50 years have engulfed romantic quays in Paris, swallowed up gardens and roads, halted riverboat cruises — and raised concerns about climate change.

The Meteo France weather service said January has seen nearly double normal rainfall nationwide, and the rains in the past two months are the highest measured for the period in 50 years.

Overall, Paris is better prepared than when it was last hit by heavy flooding in 2016, and Parisians have largely taken disruptions in stride this time.

Other towns on the surging Seine have seen it much worse.

The floods have caused damage in 242 towns along the river and tributaries already and more warnings are in place as the high waters move downstream. (AP)

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