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The Latest: 20,000 without power in France amid floods

  • Boats are lined up on the flooded Loing Canal in St Mammes, where the Loing joins the Seine south of Paris, France Thursday June 2, 2016. Floods inundating parts of France and Germany have left five people dead and thousands trapped in homes or cars, as rivers have broken their banks from Paris to Bavaria.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Boats are lined up on the flooded Loing Canal in St Mammes, where the Loing joins the Seine south of Paris, France Thursday June 2, 2016. Floods inundating parts of France and Germany have left five people dead and thousands trapped in homes or cars, as rivers have broken their banks from Paris to Bavaria.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Boats are lined up on the flooded Loing Canal in St Mammes, where the Loing joins the Seine south of Paris, France, Thursday June 2, 2016. Floods inundating parts of France and Germany have left five people dead and thousands trapped in homes or cars, as rivers have broken their banks from Paris to Bavaria.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Boats are lined up on the flooded Loing Canal in St Mammes, where the Loing joins the Seine south of Paris, France, Thursday June 2, 2016. Floods inundating parts of France and Germany have left five people dead and thousands trapped in homes or cars, as rivers have broken their banks from Paris to Bavaria.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

  • A police car patrols in a street of Simbach am Inn, southern Germany, Friday, June 3, 2016. Several people have been killed when flooding hit some places in Bavaria. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)

    A police car patrols in a street of Simbach am Inn, southern Germany, Friday, June 3, 2016. Several people have been killed when flooding hit some places in Bavaria. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the flooding that has affected parts of Europe (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

French energy company Enedis says that more than 20,000 customers are without power in the wake of days of flooding and heavy rains.

In a text message, the company says that the blackouts Friday are concentrated in the departments of Seine et Marne and Essonne — to the east and south of Paris, respectively.

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9:20 a.m.

French officials say that the Seine River is still rising in Paris as France's unseasonable spate of rainfall begins to taper off.

Traffic in the capital was snarled as flooding choked roads and several Paris railway stations were shut. The country's environment ministry said the Seine had not reached such levels since 1982.

The Louvre Museum is closed Friday as staff work to remove artworks from rooms threatened by the rising waters.

French President Francois Hollande has said that a "natural disaster" will be formally declared next week in a Cabinet meeting for areas most affected by the flooding that has hit Paris and France's central regions.