Floodwaters in Paris Slowly Receding, Cleanups Begin Across France
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Floodwaters in Paris began receding Sunday after the worst flooding in over 30 years caused when the Seine River broke its banks. The Loire River also caused major flooding in the region, impacting hundreds of cities and towns.
According to ABCNews.com, Paris is slowly returning to normal following the flooding, but other areas such as Normandy were still at risk. The country has sent emergency crews to cities in need where workers began to clean up and provide assistance after the floods.
The emergency crews in Paris are still pumping water out of the Paris highway interchange and removing the 300 or more cars and trucks stuck on the highway. The heavy rain across Europe has resulted in at least 18 deaths in France, Germany, Romania and Belgium.
The storms have left four dead in France and 11,000 French homes without electricity.
In response, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced emergency help for people impacted by the floods in Paris and elsewhere in the country, according to BBC.com. The assistance will include millions of Euros that will be handed out by local leaders to those most affected by the flooding.
Paris and the rest of France are now looking to slowly return to normal. On Sunday, officials announced the reopening of the riverside Grand Palais exhibition hall in Paris, but the Louvre Museum, as well as several major train stations and roadways remained closed.
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