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December 17, 2015

Paris Under Water: Incredible Vintage Pictures of Paris Great Flood in 1910

The 1910 Great Flood of Paris was a catastrophe in which the Seine River, carrying winter rains from its tributaries, flooded Paris agglomeration, France. The Seine water level rose eight meters above the ordinary level.

Winter floods were a normal occurrence in Paris but, on January 21, the river began to rise more rapidly than normal. This was seen as a sort of spectacle where people were actually standing in the streets watching the water rise in the Seine. Over the course of the following week, thousands of Parisians evacuated their homes as water infiltrated buildings and streets throughout the city, shutting down much basic infrastructure. The infrastructure was more vulnerable to flooding because most of it was built within the sewage system in order to avoid cluttering the streets.

Police, firefighters, and soldiers moved through waterlogged streets in boats to rescue stranded residents from second-story windows and to distribute aid. Refugees gathered in makeshift shelters in churches, schools, and government buildings. Although the water threatened to overflow the tops of the quay walls lining the river, workmen were able to keep the Seine back with hastily built levees.

Once water invaded the Gare d’Orsay rail terminal, its tracks soon sat under more than a meter of water. To continue moving throughout the city, residents traveled by boat or across a series of wooden walkways built by government engineers and civilians.

On 28 January the water reached its maximum height at 8.62 meters (28.28 feet) above its normal level. In March, the Seine finally returned to normal levels.

Below is a gallery of 50 incredible photos of the 1910 Great Flood of Paris.


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