Paris has shut down a popular underground Metro line and closed the iconic Louvre museum as waters in the River Seine continue to rise following heavy rain.
Priceless artworks from the Louvre will be moved from lower to upper floors as the swollen Seine keeps rising higher, the museum has said. In a statement on the museum’s website it said: “Due to the level of the river Seine, the Musée du Louvre will be closed to the public on June 3, 2016 to ensure the protection of the works located in flood zones. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.”
Tourist boat cruises along the Seine have also been cancelled as the waters are predicted to keep rising. Authorities have shut down a suburban train line that runs alongside the Seine in central Paris. It serves popular tourist sites like the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides plaza and the Orsay museum.
Other subway lines in Paris are running normally despite the flooding.
In the Loire valley in central France, the renowned castles of Chambord and Azay-le-Rideau were closed to the public because of floods in their parks.
More rain is forecast for the coming days, and authorities in Paris predict the Seine River won’t reach its peak until Friday.