The Floodings in the Paris region, île de France !!

This is an update on text and links of older posts from 2016 and 2018, which I have combine in one. It could be useful information and historical data for visitors and especially residents of France. Yes , we have many problems of floodings!! as infrastructure is older and the climate changes are more often nowdays. I have been lucky not gone thru any but seems towns and even my own city center flooded.  Let me tell you or update you on the flooding situations in May 2016 and January 2018 in the Ïle de France region of which Paris is a big part.

The real high was to be this afternoon in Paris but will not be until at least tomorrow before it starts to go down. This seems to be a recurrent phenomenon but the authorities seems to just take pictures and nothing concrete has yet to be propose on doing; while families lose everything in one river rising waters…2016.Situation has not change at all in 2022.

In the Seine river the water level reach 6 meters (about 19.8 feet) , and the calculations now is that it may go to 6,30-6.50  meters (highest was in 1910 at 8,62 meters) but higher than the last flooding in 1982 of 6,18meters. This was 2016. The lack of electricity last count are 9400 in Seine-et-Marne (77), 6500 in the Essonne (91), 800 in Val de-Marne (94), and 140 in the Yvelines (78) . 

The Louvre museum will stay closed until next Tuesday as well as the Orsay museum . The RATP has closed two stations already the Cluny-La Sorbonne, on line 10 and the Saint-Michel, on the  RER B ,and line 4.  If the water levels continue and reach 6,60 meters which could be but not expected, the following lines will be closed too: Dugommier, Bercy, Quai de la Gare, Chevaleret,  Nationale line  6, Michel Ange-Auteuil, Eglise d’Auteuil, Javel, Charles Michels ,and  Avenue Emile Zola on line 10, Mairie de Clichy, Gabriel Péri-Asnières Genevilliers, Asnières Genevilliers-Les Agnettes, Asnières Les Courtilles and the stations to the north on line 13,the line 14 completely, and  Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, Auber, Châtelet-les-Halles and Gare de Lyon  on the line RER A.

seine-paris-lp-matthieu-de-martignac 2016

The Grand Palais was closed from 14h30 today, and more closing are expected Saturday on the Bois de Boulogne, l’Ile de la Jatte, l’Ile Saint-Germain, and Rueil-Malmaison where the highs are expected Saturday morning.  The zouave  has water to the knees now but it is not in the same spot as in 1910 where it was up to the neck, if it was left at the same spot todays flooding would have reach the same level! The Palais de la Découverte was closed this afternoon May 2016.

paris orsay eiffel from Seine feb16

The line RER C was closed last night ,and the train line R is closed from Moret-sur-Loing and Montargis; also, ,the line RER D due to a landslide in St Fargeau has closed the section in the axis Corbeil-Melun until this weekend.  On the trains line N, due to a landslide in Meudon, the line is closed between Paris-Montparnasse and Versailles-Chantiers, expected to re open on Monday June 6 .The RER C between  gare d’Austerlitz, Javel,and the station Henri-Martin is closed. The airport line RER B is to avoid, this weekend as will have  1 train over 4  working between the  Gare-du-Nord to Paris and the airport  Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle, and normal from  Gare-du-Nord to the South of the region ïle-de-France.

The experts keeps repeating to us here that on each rise on the water levels of the Seine river is remarkable and remind us of the 1910 flooding!!! when Paris suffered greatly. Now these days of 2018; the Seine is at 5,48 meters yesterday morning (Thursday) but far from the glorious record of 8.62 meters of 1910! The estimates this time gave us the rising waters to be up to 6,20 meters and even estimated not more than 6 meters according to the Vigicrues experts…Jan 2018. 

The basin coming into the Seine have four reserve lakes to help regulate the flow of water into the river. One is located along the Seine near Troyes (Aube), the others along the tributaries of the Seine such as in Aube, Marne, and Yonne departments. In period of rising waters, these reserves are filled limiting the rise in water in the Paris region. The current rise in water won’t reach it’s peak until Saturday (tomorrow) but the reserves are already filled up to 86% and that of the Aube at 98%. So much for reserves!

Some of the explanation lies in that this year my belle France had the 2nd biggest two month rain period since figures were kept in 1900!!!  According to  Météo France (official weather channel ) the accumulated pluviometric readings show that after December 1st and in some régions, it has reach double its normal or like in Paris 183 mm of water or about 7,2 inches.   We have slowed down the metro line 7 for meteorological reasons wow dandy words here! and extreme vigilance over the banks of the rivers in the departments Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis, and Val-de-Marne. The big museum such as Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre have taken precautionary measures like moving up some pieces or closing the  inferior level of the Islamic arts section at least until Sunday. This is,also true for the musée de l’Orangerie. In the meantime in Paris the Seine river has stabalise at 5,85 meters with new rains coming up that will slow down the descend over several days!

Moving on away from Paris the experts of Vigicrues have declare a new level of rising waters in the Marne river  from 3,83 to 4,10 meters by tomorrow morning.  On the flooding of 2001 it only reach 3,95 meters! In the north of the department on the Marne river have risen as water flow coming from the Champagne area continues…In my dear Meaux, the river Marne reached today at 8h 4.29 meters!! with a slow but rising prediction. This is already the highest level reach in 2001.  And the experts of Vigicrues  are saying the water level can go up to  4,3-4,5 meters Friday evening, and for the coming days the tendance is to go higher!!!. Again ,this was in 2018.

And in my dear previous dept of the Yvelines no 78 on the wonderful isle of or île de Villennes-sur-Seine, (near Poissy) yesterday the water levels already reached the levels of June 2016 according to Vigicrues. So ,it seems these people only collect data but no prevention so far lol!!  In the Seine river in the Yvelines the Île de Vaux was cutoff from the world. The island or ïlot Blanc near the île des Migneaux near Poissy the stretch in the Seine between Chatou and Conflans was overflowing and fisherman along Conflans Sainte Honorine take cover for their boats.  By today they have taken 23,44 meters of water at Conflans higher than the last one in 2016 that was 23,16 meters . In normal times it is about 20,35 meters. At Les Mureaux also a growers of vegetables had lost 10 000 plants or 70% of its production ! 

villennes-sur-seine-78-lp-aurelie-foulon 2016

The official Vigicrues organism that tell us when water is going up unusually up (click left column Seine à Paris):

The newspaper Le Monde with floodings of 2016:

The newspaper Le Monde with floodings of 2018

ps. Pictures credit journalists from Le Parisien newspaper.

There you go folks, a nicely soothing reminders of been careful when planning your trip in addition to any other events in our dear world going on. Flooding is to be on the alert all over France, and especially on tourist areas like Paris.…Hope you enjoy the post and find it informative as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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