Paris — they call it the "Ville Lumière" — a city of lights.
But this week, the French capital looks more like a city of water. On Tuesday, during Paris's annual spring fashion show, the river Seine started overspilling its banks and gushing into neighboring streets as a result of weeks of rain.
Paris isn't the only place in the flood zone: at least 15 French departments (the rough equivalent of counties in the US) across the north and east of the country are on alert for more flooding, the Associated Press reports, even as a break from heavy rain is in the forecast.
The flood levels in Paris are expected to continue to rise until Saturday. Rainfall totals have been double the normal amount this winter in the city, and the Louvre museum, which sits beside the river, has closed the lower level of the department of Islamic Art to the public until at least Saturday.
It's a reminder that a catastrophic flood hit the city a century ago, drowning homes for months on end, and setting off a rash of cases of typhoid and scarlet fever. Some think the town is disastrously underprepared for another flood like that one.
Take a look at this week's flooding:
Paris besieged by epic flooding
Paris besieged by epic flooding
The flooding, which extended to this man's home in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, just outside Paris, comes after months of historically heavy rains.
French newspaper Le Monde says it’s Paris’s second wettest winter on record since 1900.
From December 1, 2017 to January 21, 2018 the city weathered more than 7 inches of rain. That's double what Parisians get in a typical year.
The high waters made work treacherous for this Paris fire-brigade diver checking the mooring-ropes of a peniche boat.
In this photo from 2016, you can see how high the Seine River normally is. Click through to the next photo to see how high it is this week.
In this picture from January 25, 2018, you can see how high the river is now.
And the Seine isn't expected to crest until Saturday.
People living in houseboats had no way to get to the shore this week.
A man uses a rope to transfer a bag of supplies to his friend who lives on a houseboat as the banks of the Seine River are flooded after days of rain throughout the country and in Paris, France January 25, 2018.
Flood watchers at the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimate the river’s rising an inch every hour.
The city's recent inundations haven't yet topped the catastrophic flooding of 1910.
Parisians call it "la grand crue," the great flood, when more than 14,000 buildings in the city were underwater for two months. Those water levels were more than 6 feet higher than what's predicted for this weekend.
Many say despite recent improvements, the city isn't ready for another big "hundred year" flood like the one in 1910.
Since 2014, the city has taken several steps to prepare for more big floods.
But the OECD says more needs to be done to prevent the city's rails, water production plants, and parts of the electric grid from future floods.
Officials say that in order be ready, they'll need to "reconquer" the Paris flood plains, and get more vegetation into the concrete-packed city.
"Flooding is a natural phenomenon; it becomes a catastrophe because we humans have put ourselves and our infrastructures in the wrong place,” Sebastien Maire, Paris’s chief resilience officer told the Guardian after the 2016 floods.
A new report from the OECD out just days ago warns the city needs to spend more to prepare for big floods on the horizon.
Those plans could include building out a fake lake and marshlands upstream from Paris that would be able to take in 55 million cubic metres of water. The plan costs an estimated $744.9 million dollars.