Seine water levels decrease after Paris flooding peak

The swollen Seine burst its banks in Paris. Credit: Reuters

The water level of the Seine river in Paris is finally falling after it reached its peak overnight, the highest in 35 years.

Floods across France, Germany, and Belgium in recent days have seen at least 11 people killed, with thousands evacuated and many more left without power.

French authorities have warned that it could take 10 days for the river to return to its normal level after flooding swelled it to 15 feet (4.5m) above average in Paris.

More than 17,000 homes were still without electricity on Saturday in the Paris region and centre of France.

Authorities have also shut the Louvre museum, the national library, the Orsay museum and the Grand Palais, Paris' striking glass-and-steel topped exhibition centre.