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Paris museum reopens as French floods slowly ease

People stand on the Alma bridge as they look at the foolds by the Zouave statue, which is used as a measuring instrument during floods, in Paris, Saturday, June 4, 2016. The level of the Seine started to drop after peaking earlier in the morning. Both the Louvre and Orsay museums were closed as officials said the Seine had been at its highest level in nearly 35 years. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
June 05, 2016 - 1:37 AM

PARIS - The riverside Grand Palais exhibition hall in Paris is reopening as floodwaters slowly recede from the French capital, though risks remain for other regions.

The Louvre Museum, some train stations and other sites remain closed Sunday after the worst floods in three decades caused the Seine River to burst its banks. The glass-topped Grand Palais reopens Sunday after closing Friday.

At least 18 people have been killed in flooding across parts of Germany, France, Romania and Belgium. New thunderstorms are forecast for eastern France on Sunday and more rain elsewhere.

West of Paris, the Seine overflowed around Rouen overnight but severe flood warnings were lifted.

The national flood service said the Seine in Paris would remain 4 metres (more than 13 feet) above normal Sunday.

News from © The Associated Press, 2016
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