Paris on high alert as the Seine river continues to swell

The Seine has risen several metres above its normal level and may continue to swell

The Seine has risen several metres above its normal level and may continue to swellAlamy

According to the magazine Conde Nast Traveler, the water level in the Seine has risen more than five meters, and its height continues to grow, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

This time, the officials at the Louvre museum have closed down the basement, which houses Islamic art.

All Metro stations are now open although services have been affected by the floods especially on line 7 where water has got on to the tracks.

Still police in Paris were able to deliver a bit of bright news Saturday, saying river levels were expected to peak at 5.95 meters - or 19 1/2 feet - Sunday night into Monday.

RER C, a rail line which partly runs alongside the river, has been closed until at least next week and several roads are closed.

"No matter what we say, the more we reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, the more we reduce our impact on droughts and floods", she said.

Paris has been at the maximum orange flood alert level since Tuesday.

A street lamp and tree are submerged by the rising waters
A street lamp and tree are submerged by the rising waters Christian Hartmann Reuters

The last time the Louvre Museum was shut down due to severe flooding was in 2016.

A view shows the flooded banks of the Seine River after days of rainy weather in Paris, France January 23, 2018.

Outlets note even though this flooding is inconvenient, it's nothing compared to the Great Flood in 1910, when water levels rose to more than 28 feet and forced residents to evacuate.

The deluge has been dubbed "the flood of the century" by many on social media. Those on flood alert are: Aube, Jura, Marne, Saône-et-Loire, Eure, Paris, Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Yonne, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne, and Val-d'Oise.

The Yonne department further to the south in the Seine basin also saw "significant flooding" on Friday, according to authorities, with some 40 roads blocked.

The rain stopped Friday, but Parisians and visitors are still dealing with fall-out from the floods, including a higher number of visible rats which were flushed from the sewer system.

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