Paris floods spread as Seine peaks

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Floodwaters spread to Paris suburbs and other parts of France after peaking in the French capital on Monday. The Seine River has overflowed its banks in Paris and forced the evacuation of at least 1,500 people. “It’s been a gradual rise, so you can’t really call it a ‘peak’ — we prefer to say it has plateaued,” said Rachel Puechberty, a spokesperson for the Vigicrues flooding agency. Meteorologists have warned that climate change could cause such extreme flooding to occur more frequently in Paris. Jerome Goellner, regional head of environmental services, said it could take weeks for water levels to fall back to normal. In the meantime, Paris resident Serge Matikhin said, “Everyone is getting around by boat.”

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