Archival photos reveal the Seine overflowed in 1910

The Seine is flooding in Paris, but it's not the first time.

On Tuesday, the Seine's water level was sitting at 16 feet — the current flood emergency level is "orange," the highest warning below "red." But in 1910, Parisians had to hop aboard rowboats, make deliveries through windows, and construct makeshift pathways through the City of Lights when the Seine rose to 28 feet, causing what's known as the Great Flood of Paris. 

Italian weekly newspaper La Domenica del Corriere published an illustration of the floods on its front cover on Jan. 30, 1910. It's a wildly over-the-top but undeniably effective representation of the city's situation: Citizens tumbling out of trains into row boats, using wood for pathways and being carried above the water level. Sure, it's artistic license in action, but it gets the point across.

Luckily, we don't have to rely on such a dramatic illustration to get an idea of what the Great Flood actually looked like. We dug into the archives to take a look at the worst flood Paris has ever experienced.

Check them out below:

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1910 flooding of the Seine
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1910 flooding of the Seine
An illustration of floods in Paris during February 1910, published in La Domenica del Corriere. (Photo by Stefano Bianchetti/Corbis via Getty Images)
FRANCE - 1910: Floods of the Seine. The bear pit of the Garden of Plants. On 1910. BRA-50977. (Photo by Branger/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
FRANCE - 1910: Flood of the Seine : a boat of fortune. Paris, January, 1910. ND-154409. (Photo by ND/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
FRANCE - 1910: Flood of the Seine in Parisian suburb. January, 1910. ND-154426. (Photo by ND/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
January 1910: Pedestrians traverse a foot bridge erected during flooding of the Seine. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
FRANCE - 1910: Flood of the Seine. Inside of Orsay's station. Paris, on 1910. BRA-51178. (Photo by Branger/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
FRANCE - 1910: Flood of the Seine. Paris, January, 1910. ND-154416. (Photo by LL/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
FRANCE - CIRCA 1910: Seine flood. Paris, street of the Universite (VIIth district), 1910. (Photo by Branger/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
FRANCE - CIRCA 1910: Flood of the Seine, Paris, on 1910. Delivery at a butcher roughly, Surcouf's street (VII-th district). BRA-51334. (Photo by Branger/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
FRANCE - CIRCA 1910: Paris, avenue Daumesnil, XII-th district. Flood of the Seine in January 1910. ND-154360. (Photo by ND/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1900: France, 20th century - The flood of the river Seine, 1910. Householders of the affected area are forced to flee. (Photo By DEA / M. SEEMULLER/De Agostini/Getty Images)
FRANCE - CIRCA 1910: Flood of the Seine. Inhabitants of the Ivry-sur-Seine helped by firemen using a raft. 1910. (Photo by Branger/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - MARCH 24: flood in Paris in 1910 after rise in water level of the Seine river (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - MARCH 24: flood in Paris in 1910 after rise in water level of the Seine river (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - MARCH 24: flood in Paris in 1910 after rise in water level of the Seine river (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)
Postcard, Paris, flooding of the Seine, the Seine at Grenelle, morning of January 13, 1910, France, Private collection. (Photo by Photo12/UIG/Getty Images)
FRANCE - FEBRUARY 01: Following the great Paris flood and the overflowing of the Seine, wooden paving blocks can be seen scattered on the ground which is still covered with water. A carriage has been abandoned there. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Postcard depicts two men as they paddle an improvised raft in the Rue Van Loo during the Great Flood, Paris, France, January 1910. (Photo by Rykoff Collection/Getty Images)
1910 Great Flood of Paris. A man at his balcony, 136 quai d'Auteuil in Paris (France). On January 24, 1910. (Photo by adoc-photos/Corbis via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - MARCH 24: Flooding in Paris in 1910 following a flood of the Seine by rue de la federation (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - MARCH 24: The flood of the Seine: The warehouse deBercy, rue de Vouvray, during the floods of January 1910 in Paris (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - MARCH 24: flood in Paris in 1910 after rise in water level of the Seine river (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - MARCH 24: flood in Paris in 1910 after rise in water level of the Seine river (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)
FRANCE - CIRCA 1910: Paris, avenue Ledru-Rollin, XII-th district. Flood of the Seine in January 1910. ND-154484. (Photo by ND/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
FRANCE - CIRCA 1910: Seine flood. The Court of Havre, before the Saint-Lazare station (VIIIth district). Paris, 1910. (Photo by Branger/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
FRANCE - 1910: Flood of the Seine. Fast Paris - Limoges in Choisy-le-Roi ( Val-de-Marne's ) station. On 1910. BRA-51152. (Photo by Branger/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
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