Seine River peaks in Paris, museums to be shut for days

June 4, 2016 1:18 PM

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Seine River peaks in Paris, museums to be shut for days

PARIS — The Seine River peaked early Saturday around Paris, hitting its highest level in nearly 35 years — almost 4.5 meters (15 feet) above average — and authorities warned it could take up to ten days for the river to return to normal.

And it will take at least four days before tourists in the French capital once again get a chance to view art at the world-class Louvre museum, where curators were scrambling to move 250,000 artworks upstairs, away from basement storage areas at risk of flooding.

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