Heavy rains bring flooding to France

Floodwaters peaked in Paris on Monday, Jan. 29 and were threatening towns downstream as the rain-engorged Seine River winds through Normandy toward the English Channel.

Rivers swollen by France’s heaviest rains in 50 years have engulfed romantic quays in Paris, swallowed up gardens and roads, halted riverboat cruises — and raised concerns about climate change.

The Meteo France weather service said January has seen nearly double normal rainfall nationwide, and the rains in the past two months are the highest measured for the period in 50 years.

Overall, Paris is better prepared than when it was last hit by heavy flooding in 2016, and Parisians have largely taken disruptions in stride this time.

Other towns on the surging Seine have seen it much worse.

The floods have caused damage in 242 towns along the river and tributaries already and more warnings are in place as the high waters move downstream. (AP)

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<p>A woman walks on a makeshit elevated track set to help inhabitants reach their home in a flooded street on Jan. 30, 2018, in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, near Paris. (Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

A woman walks on a makeshit elevated track set to help inhabitants reach their home in a flooded street on Jan. 30, 2018, in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, near Paris. (Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A man walks in a flooded street on Jan. 30, 2018, in Villeneuve-le-Roi, near Paris. (Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

A man walks in a flooded street on Jan. 30, 2018, in Villeneuve-le-Roi, near Paris. (Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A view shows the Statue of Liberty replica and flooded banks of the River Seine after days of almost non-stop rain caused flooding in the country in Paris, France, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

A view shows the Statue of Liberty replica and flooded banks of the River Seine after days of almost non-stop rain caused flooding in the country in Paris, France, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)

<p>A ticket booth for sightseeing boats is partly submerged by the River Seine after days of almost non-stop rain caused flooding in the country, in Paris, France, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

A ticket booth for sightseeing boats is partly submerged by the River Seine after days of almost non-stop rain caused flooding in the country, in Paris, France, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)

<p>A man fishes on the flooded banks of the River Seine in Paris, France, after days of almost non-stop rain caused flooding in the country, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

A man fishes on the flooded banks of the River Seine in Paris, France, after days of almost non-stop rain caused flooding in the country, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)

<p>Residents on a small boat leave home in a flooded street of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, near Paris, France, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

Residents on a small boat leave home in a flooded street of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, near Paris, France, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

<p>People watch the Seine river from the Leopold-Sedar-Senghor bridge in Paris, France, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Michel Euler/AP) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

People watch the Seine river from the Leopold-Sedar-Senghor bridge in Paris, France, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Michel Euler/AP)

<p>A man uses a small boat to make his way from a houseboat as the Seine River overflows its banks as heavy rains throughout the country have caused flooding, in Paris, France, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

A man uses a small boat to make his way from a houseboat as the Seine River overflows its banks as heavy rains throughout the country have caused flooding, in Paris, France, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)

<p>A dog is seen at the entrance of a house in the flooded residential area of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, near Paris, France, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

A dog is seen at the entrance of a house in the flooded residential area of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, near Paris, France, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

<p>The banks of river Seine are flooded in Paris, France, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Michel Euler/AP) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

The banks of river Seine are flooded in Paris, France, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Michel Euler/AP)

<p>A man takes a photo of the Seiner river with his mobile phone in Paris, France, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Michel Euler/AP) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

A man takes a photo of the Seiner river with his mobile phone in Paris, France, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Michel Euler/AP)

<p>An illuminated Eiffel Tower is seen next to the Seine River, with water levels raised to the height of the Zouave statue of the Pont d’Alma bridge in Paris on Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

An illuminated Eiffel Tower is seen next to the Seine River, with water levels raised to the height of the Zouave statue of the Pont d’Alma bridge in Paris on Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A resident cleans debris from a flooded street in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, south of Paris, on Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

A resident cleans debris from a flooded street in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, south of Paris, on Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>The flooded banks of the Seine river in Paris. The Seine continued to rise on January 25, 2018, flooding streets and putting museums on an emergency footing as record rainfall pushed rivers over their banks across northeastern France. (Photo: Julien Mattia/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

The flooded banks of the Seine river in Paris. The Seine continued to rise on January 25, 2018, flooding streets and putting museums on an emergency footing as record rainfall pushed rivers over their banks across northeastern France. (Photo: Julien Mattia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>Paris police divers use a small boat to patrol a flooded street of a residential area in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, near Paris, France, Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

Paris police divers use a small boat to patrol a flooded street of a residential area in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, near Paris, France, Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

<p>A swan and women walks past the river Seine in Paris, Thursday, Jan.25, 2018. (Photo: Christophe Ena/AP) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

A swan and women walks past the river Seine in Paris, Thursday, Jan.25, 2018. (Photo: Christophe Ena/AP)

<p>The flooded banks of the Seine River is seen after days of rainy weather in Paris, France, Jan. 23, 2018. (Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

The flooded banks of the Seine River is seen after days of rainy weather in Paris, France, Jan. 23, 2018. (Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)

<p>An elderly woman is helped by fire brigade divers after she went back home to feed animals in a flooded residential area in Conde-Sainte-Libiaire, near Paris, France, Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

An elderly woman is helped by fire brigade divers after she went back home to feed animals in a flooded residential area in Conde-Sainte-Libiaire, near Paris, France, Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

<p>A view shows the Zouave statue as the Seine River rises after days of rainy weather that causes flooding in the country and in Paris, France, Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

A view shows the Zouave statue as the Seine River rises after days of rainy weather that causes flooding in the country and in Paris, France, Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)

<p>A resident walks in a flooded street of Esbly, east of Paris, where the Grand Morin river floods Thursday, Jan.25, 2018. (Photo: Thibault Camus/AP) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

A resident walks in a flooded street of Esbly, east of Paris, where the Grand Morin river floods Thursday, Jan.25, 2018. (Photo: Thibault Camus/AP)

<p>A woman uses a dinghy on the Seine river in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Thibault Camus/AP) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

A woman uses a dinghy on the Seine river in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Thibault Camus/AP)

<p>People watch a flooded street of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, outside Paris, where the Yerres river flooded on Thursday, Jan.25, 2018. (Photo: Thibault Camus/AP) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

People watch a flooded street of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, outside Paris, where the Yerres river flooded on Thursday, Jan.25, 2018. (Photo: Thibault Camus/AP)

<p>A street-lamp is seen on the flooded banks of the Seine River in Paris, France, after days of almost non-stop rain caused flooding in the country, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

A street-lamp is seen on the flooded banks of the Seine River in Paris, France, after days of almost non-stop rain caused flooding in the country, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

<p>Rescue workers evacuate residents in a flooded street of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, outside Paris, where the Yerres river floods on Thursday, Jan.25, 2018. (Photo: Thibault Camus/AP) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

Rescue workers evacuate residents in a flooded street of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, outside Paris, where the Yerres river floods on Thursday, Jan.25, 2018. (Photo: Thibault Camus/AP)

<p>Rescue workers evacuate residents in a flooded street of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, outside Paris, where the Yerres river floods Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo: Thibault Camus/AP) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

Rescue workers evacuate residents in a flooded street of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, outside Paris, where the Yerres river floods Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo: Thibault Camus/AP)

<p>A view shows the flooded banks of the Seine River and the Eiffel Tower after days of rainy weather in Paris, France, Jan. 23, 2018. (Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Rueters) </p>
Heavy rains bring flooding to France

A view shows the flooded banks of the Seine River and the Eiffel Tower after days of rainy weather in Paris, France, Jan. 23, 2018. (Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Rueters)

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