Check Out These Insane Photos of the Paris Flood

Paris is not burning.

paris is flooding, january 2018

Paris may be the City of Love and the City of Light, but, right now, it's also the City of Dangerously Rising Water Levels.

The entire city is on flood alert, as a week of torrential downpour has caused the Seine to break the banks. The flooding is expected to continue until Saturday, when the the water levels of the famous river that snakes through the center of the city is expected to peak at 20 feet–which is a whopping 16 feet above its normal level. Luckily, after that, dry weather is in the forecast.

Right now, however, Paris is experiencing its worst flooding since 1910, when the Seine rose to 27 feet, forcing city residents to evacuate their homes.

There are many treasures hidden in the basement of the Louvre, which now have to be moved for safekeeping. The flooding has pushed a lot of rats out of the river, turning the streets into a veritable sewer. Parisians are chill about it though. As per France 24, "That doesn't mean there are more of them, only that we see them more often," said Pierre Falgayrac, an expert in urban rodents, who says the capital is now home to "1.75 rats for every Parisian."

In spite of the biblical downpour, you can't beat Paris. "Of course the floods [have] made us upset because we don't have the Seine cruises," a tourist told FRANCE 24. "I love Paris anyhow."

The photos have to be seen to be believed. And for more reminders of what Mother Nature can wreak, check out 16 Insane Photos of the "Bomb Cyclone."

An Underwater Walk

heavy rain causes seine river to rise, January 2018.

The embankment, where Parisians and tourists like to stroll, is completely flooded.

A Unique Commute


People are legit traveling by boat.

Roads Turn Into Lakes

paris is flooding, january 2018

Instagram user @tsilahs  captured this shot by the Hôtel de Ville, Paris.

Monsters Are Floating Onto the Shore

giant fish is caught during paris flood.

Fisherman pete_simonsson caught this 2-meter creature this morning.

Les pieds dans l'eau! Qui l'eût cru

The Quai de Conti flooded in Paris, January 2018.

Insta user clembaubau captured this photo by the Quai de Conti.

One Lonely Lamplight

Île Saint-Louis underwater during January flood in Paris.

Place Louis Aragon, a little patch of cobble streets with benches and a lamplight in the middle of the Seine, is completely underwater. Insta user senlisien  captured this photo with a Sony RX100 M3.

River Cruises Are Canceled

River cruises covered in water during Paris Flood.

Insta user elisabarg took this photo at the Passerelle Simone-de-Beauvoir.

Trees Are Gasping for Air

Trees underwater during Paris Flood, January 2018.

Insta user slmstrch got this poetic photo by the Pont de Sully.

Art Flourishes

artist Zoia Skoropadenko sketches Paris Flood, January 2018.

Artist Zoia Skoropadenkos sketches the flood by Notre Dame.

A Perpetual Postcard

beautiful photos of paris during January 2018 flood.

Watery and glistening, it's still beautiful.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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