The River Seine has risen so quickly due to torrential downpours that emergency measures are now in place in both the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. The river has overflown its banks and the historic museums are now under serious risk of flooding. Both museums are situated along the banks of the river has risen over a two and a half meters. The Louvre is now calling on volunteers to help them move artworks from their vaults beneath the ground to the higher floors. 

Both museums closed on Thursday and will remain closed during the whole of Friday, the 3rd June. In some areas it has been reported that upwards of six weeks’ worth of rain fell in a period of just a single day. President Hollande is prepared to declare a natural disaster in some of the worst affected regions.

The Louvre’s website has issued this report: “Due to the level of the river Seine, the Musée du Louvre will be exceptionally closed to the public on June 3, 2016 to ensure the protection of the works located in flood zones. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.”