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Rain pummels France, Seine River overflows Paris embankments

  • Bride-to-be Liu Yuan Yuan of China poses for photographs at the Trocardero gardens in Paris, France, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Heavy precipitation has drenched parts of France, prompting flood warnings near the English Channel and causing more delays at the French Open. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter)

    Bride-to-be Liu Yuan Yuan of China poses for photographs at the Trocardero gardens in Paris, France, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Heavy precipitation has drenched parts of France, prompting flood warnings near the English Channel and causing more delays at the French Open. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter)  (The Associated Press)

  • A car is half-submerged on a flooded road caused by heavy rain in Bruay La Buissieres, northern France, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Rescue workers have evacuated homes or ordered people to higher floors in the Pas-de-Calais region in the north as rivers rose more than a meter (3 feet, 4 inches) in some spots, according to the local administration. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

    A car is half-submerged on a flooded road caused by heavy rain in Bruay La Buissieres, northern France, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Rescue workers have evacuated homes or ordered people to higher floors in the Pas-de-Calais region in the north as rivers rose more than a meter (3 feet, 4 inches) in some spots, according to the local administration. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Stadium workers cover center court after rain suspended the fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Stadium workers cover center court after rain suspended the fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

The Seine River has overflowed embankments in Paris as floods hit or threaten cities and towns around France.

Paris City Hall closed roads along the shore of the Seine from the southwest edge of the city to the neighborhood around the Eiffel Tower as the water level has risen 4.3 meters (14 feet 1 inches) higher than usual.

City authorities are warning residents and visitors to be vigilant Wednesday around the river banks, and said high river levels are expected to last through Friday.

Heavy rain has caused delays at the French Open, forced the evacuation of two prisons and prompted thousands of rescue operations from the Belgian border south to Burgundy.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve urged people to exercise the "greatest caution."

No casualties have been reported.