Paris before and after the 2016 floods

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At the time of writing this article, the water level of the River Seine is now down to normal height and the lower quays of Paris have reopened since 5pm. A week ago the swollen river made the headlines around the world and we were among the thousands of curious Parisians and visitors to take photos of the banks. It took me a week to search for photos previously taken at the same spots to show Paris before and after the 2016 floods.


Paris before and after the 2016 Floods

Last week the region of Paris saw torrential rain causing the River Seine to reach 6.18m above its normal height. However the water levels did not break the historic peak of 1910 when the water peeked at 8.62m above the normal height.


One of my favourite views of Notre-Dame Cathedral from the Petit-Pont (Left Bank):

Paris Floods June 2016 17 copyright French Moments


The chevet of Notre-Dame seen from the Pont de l’Archevêché (Left Bank):

Notre-Dame May Pont de l'Archeveche Paris copyright French MomentsParis Floods June 2016 16 copyright French Moments


The medieval buildings of the Conciergerie from the corner of Pont au Change and Quai de la Mégisserie (Right Bank):

Conciergerie by the River Seine © French MomentsThe Conciergerie, 4 June 2016 © French Moments The Conciergerie, 4 June 2016 © French Moments[/caption]


The Île de la Cité looking towards Saint-Michel. A view from the Pont-Neuf:

From Pont Neuf © French MomentsParis Floods June 2016 18 copyright French Moments


A romantic place by the river just above the tiny Place Louis Aragon on the Île Saint-Louis:

Lamp post Ile Saint Louis Paris © French Moments Paris Floods June 2016 11 copyright French Moments


The Orsay Museum seen from the Pont de la Concorde:

Orsay Museum May Paris © French MomentsThe Orsay Museum by the Seine on 4 June 2016 © French Moments The Orsay Museum by the Seine on 4 June 2016 © French Moments[/caption]


The Quai d’Orsay building, seat of the French ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres Paris © French Moments Paris Floods June 2016 35 copyright French Moments


The majestic Pont Alexandre III and the Eiffel Tower seen from the Pont de la Concorde. This place is beautiful around sunset:

Pont de la Concorde View of Pont Alexandre III Paris © French Moments Paris Floods June 2016 31 copyright French Moments


The Pont des Invalides with the American Church and the Eiffel Tower in the background:

Pont des Invalides Paris © French Moments Paris Floods June 2016 37 copyright French Moments


The Zouave Statue beneath the Pont d’Alma which has acted as a measuring gauge since 1910:

Zouave Pont d'Alma Paris © French MomentsThe Zouave Statue on Pont d'Alma, 4 June 2016 © French Moments


A stunning view of the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower from the Pont Mirabeau:

Statue of Liberty © French Moments Paris Floods June 2016 45 copyright French Moments

See more photos of the 2016 Paris Floods.


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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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