Seine River Flooding in Paris

The Seine River in Paris, France has hit record flood levels

News of flooding in Paris has everyone in a sensationalized panic. Yes, there are reports of rats seeking higher ground. Yes, there will be plenty of damage control necessary to recover local restaurants, clubs, and shops affected by the rising water levels.

It’s incredibly unfortunate, but for now, there’s nothing that can really be done until the flooding recedes.

Ile de la Cite February 2018

If you’re not living in Paris and can’t see how much the Seine has risen, here are some before and after pictures of popular areas around Île de la Cité that you will recognize—mostly Notre Dame and Île Saint-Louis.

The before and after pictures may not be so different at first glance. However, if you pay attention the presence (or absence) of people and trees, as well as looking at the bridges, you’ll understand how high the Seine has risen.

This narrative may worsen change if the Seine keeps rising… let’s hope for the best.

 

Seine flooding Paris 2018

 

Musée d’Orsay

Before

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Musée d’Orsay, January 2014
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Musée d’Orsay, June 2017

After

Musee d'Orsay February 2018

 

Pont Neuf

Before

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View of Pont Neuf and the Seine, February 2017
Square Vert Galant summer 2017
Pont Neuf and Square Vert-Galant, June 2017

After

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View of Pont Neuf and Square Vert-Galant, January 30, 2018
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View of Pont Neuf and Square Vert-Galant, January 30, 2018

Île Saint-Louis

Before

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View of Île Saint-Louis, February 2017
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View of Île Saint-Louis, August 2017
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View of Pont des Arts and entrance to lower Seine walkway (from Île Saint-Louis direction), July 2017

After

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View of Île Saint-Louis and entrance to lower Seine walkway, February 1, 2018
Ile St Louis February 2018
View of Île Saint-Louis, February 1, 2018
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View of Île Saint-Louis, February 1, 2018
Ile St Louis February 2018
View of Île Saint-Louis, February 1, 2018
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View of Rive Droite nearHôtel de Ville de Paris, February 1, 2018

Notre Dame

Before

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View of Notre Dame, February 2017
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Notre Dame, February 2017
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Notre Dame, February 1, 2018
Notre Dame February 2018
Notre Dame, February 1, 2018
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Notre Dame, February 1, 2018

Pont des Arts

Before

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Pont des Arts, January 2014
Pont des Arts Summer 2017
Pont des Arts and the Seine, June 2017
Seine River Summer 2017
Pont des Arts and the Seine, June 2017

After 

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Pont des Arts, January 30, 2018
Pont des Arts February 2018
Pont des Arts, January 30, 2018

Pont Alexandre III

Before

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View of Tour Eiffel and Pont Alexandre III, June 2017
Pont Alexandre III Summer 2017
Pont Alexandre III and the Seine, June 2017

After

Ile St Louis February 2018

Tour Eiffel Seine River February 2018
View of Pont Alexandre III and the Seine at Night, January 30, 2018

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