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Just How Bad is the Flooding in Paris? Louvre Shuts Down to Protect World Famous and Precious Art

2 Jun 2016, 10:31 am

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Paris’s Louvre museum has been closed so that its priceless artworks can be moved to safety amid the threat of flooding from the nearby River Seine.

Entries were halted on Thursday afternoon and, according to an internal memo sent to staff, the museum is expected to stay shut on Friday.

According to the Louvre’s website:

“Exceptional closure

Due to the level of the river Seine, the Musée du Louvre will be exceptionally 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.”

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This is not the first time Paris has experienced flooding of this magnitude:

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