Louvre Shuts Doors as Paris Gripped by Historic Flooding

What on earth is going on here?

Preface by Pam Barker | TLB staff writer

Paris is rapidly becoming Ground Zero for weird coincidences, false flag terrorist attacks, important ‘events’ all coming one on top of the other and the like.  I like the way John Lichfield of the Independent put it 3 days ago:

What has France done to annoy Dieu? After terrorist attacks and widespread strikes, large parts of the country now face severe flooding nine days before the start of the Euro 2016 football championship.

What next? A plague of frogs?

In seven years of living here, I know we should be having sunny days and pretty high temperatures.  Early June 2011 I remember walking a couple of kilometers to my job in St. Denis after road improvements put the local transit out of commission, and it was a truly sweltering 36 degrees.  Instead, we’ve had more than two weeks of being locked under a thick sheet of grey cloud with days on end of rain and temperatures in the teens; many parts of France and Germany, too, have had severe flooding with destruction of property and loss of life.  For those of us keeping an eye on geoengineering practices, aka ‘chemtrails’ and accompanying technology, it’s beyond curious.

If you wonder how an entire weather system can be held in place, I offer you one of the NOAA maps of the opposing weather systems stuck over the USA for many months during 2014 and 2015.  Geoengineering technologies have been demonstrated to be capable of radically altering the jet stream and keeping weather systems abnormally stationary:

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In France, we should be having a continuation of the nationwide strikes, plus transportation stoppages, that have been going on to protest the changes the government has made to the labour laws demanded by the EU; the new protest movement, “Nuit Debout” (Up All Night) should be continuing to meet publicly in Paris; Euro 2016 starts in a few days around the country; Roland Garros has been getting rained out; and yesterday in Paris, a summit was convened with John Kerry and Ban Ki-Moon in attendance to restart Israeli-Palestine peace talks.  A lot is going on.

So France is in the middle of historic flooding, the likes of which haven’t been since January 1910 when the banks of the Seine in Paris rose to 8.62 meters.  Waters here have risen so far to around 5-6 meters, the highest level being recorded today, and it’s not over yet.

Thus it’s been 105 years since a catastrophic flood happened, and guess what? Between March 7 and 18 of this year, little more than 2 months ago, the government anticipated all this and ran an exhaustive set of preparedness exercises with the emergency services, called Sequena 2016.  According to France24:

It is a full-scale rehearsal of the necessary steps police, firemen, city administrators and many other personnel will have to take if a new monster flood strikes.

As part of the unprecedented test run, the Paris region’s Urban Planning Institute (IAU) has produced a series of 3D animated videos predicting the extent of flooding and highlighting potential trouble areas.

The results are eye-opening: the images show the Louvre Pyramid and the Eiffel Tower surrounded by the tide, and part of the Tuileries gardens featuring a new lake.

According to the logistics reported by France24, this was a very comprehensive exercise involving

900 emergency personnel, 150 police officers, 40 emergency vehicles and four helicopters across Paris and four neighbouring departments. The exercise will also include the participation of 87 public and private institutions, including the network of Paris hospitals, the national SNCF rail network, the EDF energy firm, as well as telecommunications and waste disposal companies.

For false flag watchers, there is usually a training exercise going on at the same time as the crisis ‘event’ itself.  Well, weather is a little tougher to organize.  Coincidence or what?  Can we call this false flag weather?

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Enjoy Andrea Germanos’ update, which includes authoritative judgements from two climate experts that this is simply the expected result of global warming, a now highly-disputed theory.

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Louvre Shuts Doors as Paris Gripped by Historic Flooding

Flooding also sweeping through Germany and Austria as Texas battles its own rising waters

by Andrea Germanos

Paris’s Louvre Museum is among the city’s historic landmarks being shut on Friday as heavy rains caused the Seine River to swell to levels not seen in over three decades.

“I am really sorry, but we’re closed today,” one Louvre staffer told visitors, the Associated Press reports. “We have to evacuate masterpieces from the basement.”

The Washington Post reports: “By early Friday evening, the Seine is expected to crest at approximately 21 feet, nearly 17 feet above its normal level. Authorities anticipate the water to remain high throughout the weekend but to gradually recede next week.”

The highest level the river reached was during the Great Flood of 1910, when waters rose to 8.6 meters (28.2 feet). In 1982, the river reached 6.18 meters (20.3 feet).

French President Francois Hollande on Thursday declared a natural disaster for the worst affected areas, saying, “When there are climate phenomena of such seriousness, we must all be conscious that it’s on a world scale and that we must act.”

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High waters in the Seine, June 3 2016

In addition to the catastrophe the rising waters have caused Paris, the problems may be even greater beyond its borders, the Local.fr reports, as “the flood defenses of towns outside the capital are less fortified and as result the water has poured in. The départements of Loiret and Seine-et-Marne to the south and southeast of Paris have been two of the worst hit areas with the floodwaters rising to higher levels than in the great flood of 1910.”

Newsweek reports, for example, that “In Nemours, south of the city, [located in the département of Seine-et-Marne] where Prime Minister Manuel Valls visited on Thursday, […] At least 3,000 out of 13,000 inhabitants were evacuated from the town.”

Environment Minister Segolene Royal warned: What’s going to be even more painful for the families who have lost their homes, the heads of companies who have lost their businesses, employees who will be unable to go to work, is that the drop in the water level will be very slow,”

“It’s a bit frightening, everything that’s happening,” said one woman from Marseille who identified herself as Odile, Reuters reports. “Not long ago they ran a flood simulation, how to evacuate museums, residents. And now it’s happening for real.”

On top of the flooding in France, Austria has also been battling flooding, while “Torrential rain, thunderstorms, and flash floods” have hit Germany as well, Bloomberg reports, where they are being blamed for at least eight deaths.

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The rains and flooding gripping these countries, climate risk expert Jeroen Aerts said to RFI, are due “to climate, and we have to get used to it, but also to us humans, settling into areas that we shouldn’t live.”

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, the U.S. state of Texas is battling historic flooding, prompting Gov. Greg Abbott this week to declare a state of disaster for 31 counties.

The National Weather Service said this week that the the Brazos River reached record levels, cresting at nearly 54 feet Tuesday.

“About half of Texas is under flood watches or warnings,” AP reports Friday, adding that more storms could bring additional rain into Saturday.

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References

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/paris-flooded-by-the-overflowing-seine-as-france-prepares-to-host-euro-2016-a7059556.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/03/middle-east-peace-talks-paris-israel-palestinians-john-kerry-ban-ki-moon

http://www.france24.com/en/20160306-paris-prepares-flood-century-sequena-2016

http://en.rfi.fr/france/20160602-floods-france-and-germany-linked-climate-change-experts

About the author

Andrea Germanos is a staff writer at Common Dreams

About the contributor

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Pam Barker is a TLB staff writer/analyst based in France. She has an extensive background in the educational systems of several countries at the college and university level as a teacher and administrator.

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