The Seine Also Rises

It has been raining and even snowing a lot in Île-de-France, the Paris region. As a result, the Seine is much higher than usual and you can see big waves in the river. The authorities have had to close all the express roads along the riverbank.

The standard I’m-a-Parisian measure of flooding in Paris is the feet of the zouave, a statue of a French soldier under the bridge at Alma. At right, you see the zouave in normal times. He’s quite large, 17 feet high (5.2 meters). During the great Paris flood of 1910, the water came up to his shoulders!

The statue was moved upward in 1974. So now, when the feet of the zouave are underwater, it’s much more serious than it used to be. Look how high it is today!


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