The banks of the River Seine are one of the most seductive spots in the world. However, right now, record flooding is making the spots feel more Atlantic than romantic. Paris is struggling with the historic floodwater and some of the world’s most storied wine cellars are at risk.
On Monday (1.29), the flood level swelled to 5.84m (19.2ft). 1,500 people were evacuated from their homes and several thousand others are without power. All boat traffic and parts of the public transit system were halted. News reports described rats streaming from the sewers in search dry ground. Numerous fabled institutions, including the lower floors of the Louvre, were shuttered as a precautionary measure. In fact, the Louvre has already moved about a quarter of their collection off-site for safety.
The wine community is fairing even worse. Already numerous restaurants along the water have done their best to move valuables and closed up until the emergency passes.More significantly, the centuries old basements around Paris are already experiencing some early stages of flooding. And, there are few more famous basements than the wine cellars of Paris. The French, both collectors and pros, are noted for their tendency to keep their bottles close at hand, not stored off-site. Thousands of Parisian buildings boast remarkable wine collections housed in their subterranean levels.
Damages are unknown currently. However, several restaurants are moving their bottles as a precautionary measure.
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