Dramatic photos of flooded Paris as the Seine overflows

In Paris, the Seine is flooding. 

After heavy rains, the river's water level hit around 16 feet on Tuesday, a city official told The Washington Post. It could reach 19.5 feet by the end of the week. On a normal day, it's about 6.5 feet. River cruises and the commuter rail line that runs along the Seine have been shut down. It's the worst flooding since 2016, when rising waters forced the Louvre to shut down as museum workers crated works of art and moved them upstairs. 

The flood emergency level is currently at "orange," the highest warning below "red." It's not quite the worst flooding Paris has even seen. Back in 1910, the Seine rose to 28 feet, submerging the City of Lights for two months. 

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A view shows the flooded banks of the Seine River and the Eiffel Tower after days of rainy weather in Paris, France January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
A view shows the flooded banks of the Seine River and the Eiffel Tower after days of rainy weather in Paris, France January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
A view shows the flooded banks of the Seine River after days of rainy weather in Paris, France January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
A view shows the Pont de l'Alma bridge with the Zouave statue as the Seine River rises after days of rainy weather in Paris, France, January 5, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
A view shows the Pont Alexandre III bridge and flooded banks of the Seine River after days of rainy weather in Paris, France January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 24: A general view along the rain-swollen River Seine as water levels increased on January 24, 2018 in Paris, France. The capital's authorities said the river could pass the 6.10-metre (20ft) level of 2016, the highest in over a century and more than four metres above its normal height which sent the Louvre and other riverside museums to protect their belongings and property. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 24: A general view along the rain-swollen River Seine as water levels increased on January 24, 2018 in Paris, France. The capital's authorities said the river could pass the 6.10-metre (20ft) level of 2016, the highest in over a century and more than four metres above its normal height which sent the Louvre and other riverside museums to protect their belongings and property. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 24: A general view towards the Eiffel Tower along the rain-swollen River Seine as water levels increased on January 24, 2018 in Paris, France. The capital's authorities said the river could pass the 6.10-metre (20ft) level of 2016, the highest in over a century and more than four metres above its normal height which sent the Louvre and other riverside museums to protect their belongings and property. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 24: A general view along the rain-swollen River Seine as water levels increased on January 24, 2018 in Paris, France. The capital's authorities said the river could pass the 6.10-metre (20ft) level of 2016, the highest in over a century and more than four metres above its normal height which sent the Louvre and other riverside museums to protect their belongings and property. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
Flood of the river Yerres, in the south of Paris, january 23, 2018. Montgeron, Crosnes, Yerres and Brunoy are among the towns affected by the flood of this river, a Seine river tributary. The Seine in Paris has breached its banks in several areas after weeks of heavy rains in and around the French capital, reaching 4.82m above normal. Paris and the petite couronne - the departments Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne that immediately surround the capital - have been placed on orange alert for river floods. (Photo by Michel Stoupak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A picture taken in Kehl, at the French-German border on January 23, 2018, shows a statue after the Rhine river burst its banks due to torrential rains. The Rhine on January 23 threatened to overflow and the rapidly rising Seine forced Paris authorities to halt trains on a busy commuter line. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERICK FLORIN (Photo credit should read FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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