Paris floods: Seine at 30-year high as galleries close

Paris floods: Seine at 30-year high as galleries close

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Több, mint 30 éve nem volt ekkora árvíz Párizsban. Aktuális hír angolul, szószedettel.

The River Seine in Paris is at its highest level for more than 30 years, with floods forcing closed parts of the metro systems and major landmarks.

The Louvre and Orsay museums were shut while staff moved artworks to safety as flood levels climbed above 6m (18ft).

The Seine, though it appears to have peaked at 6.1m, is unlikely to recede over the weekend with more downpours forecast.

In Paris, the Cluny - La Sorbonne and St Michel metro stations were closed as a precaution while the river spilled onto the city's streets.

Bridges were closed and non-emergency boats were banned from the Seine as its swelling forced the closure of museums, parks and cemeteries.

At the Louvre, curators scrambled to move 250,000 artworks to higher ground from basement storage areas at risk of inundation from what President Francoise Hollande called "exceptional flooding".

Authorities have even taken initial steps to transfer the presidency and key ministries to secure areas, AP news agency reported.

An apparent equipment fault led to the river's depth being wrongly measured for several hours on Friday.

Many locals have preferred to benchmark the rise against the statue of a soldier - known as the Zouave - standing below the Alma Bridge: His frame is currently submerged up to the waist.

While France's rainfall levels in May were the highest since 1873, the current crisis is eclipsed by the 1910 floods that saw Paris submerged for two months, when the Zouave was up to his neck in the Seine.

The river level peaked at 8.62m that year, and has since reached 7.1m in 1955 and 6.18m in 1982.

source: BBC

Vocabulary

flood

áradás

staff

személyzet

artwork

műalkotás

to recede

apadni

downpour

felhőszakadás

to forecast

előrejelezni

precaution

óvintézkedés

to ban

kitiltani

swelling

áradás

closure

bezárás

cemetery

temető

basement

alagsor

inundation

árvíz, elárasztás

presidency

elnökség

fault

hiba

to benchmark

mérni, viszonyítani valami szintjét

to submerge

elmerül, víz alatt van

waist

derék

to eclipse

felülmúl, túlszárnyal

neck

nyak

to peak

tetőzni

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