Europe

Waters still rising in Paris as rains taper off

  • A fireman pulls a woman and her dog to shore, by a row of houseboats on the river Seine in Paris France, Wednesday June 1, 2016. The Seine River has overflowed embankments in Paris as floods hit or threaten cities and towns around France.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    A fireman pulls a woman and her dog to shore, by a row of houseboats on the river Seine in Paris France, Wednesday June 1, 2016. The Seine River has overflowed embankments in Paris as floods hit or threaten cities and towns around France.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Residents evacuate their home in Nemours, south of Paris, 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)

    Residents evacuate their home in Nemours, south of Paris, 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)

  • Plastic boxes placed between sculptures as artworks are packed to be moved from the exhibition hall, as visitors are turned away from the entrance of the Musee de Louvre which is closed due to the unusually high water level of the nearby river Seine in Paris, Friday, June 3, 2016. French officials say that the Seine River is still rising in Paris as France's unseasonable spate of rainfall begins to taper off. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Plastic boxes placed between sculptures as artworks are packed to be moved from the exhibition hall, as visitors are turned away from the entrance of the Musee de Louvre which is closed due to the unusually high water level of the nearby river Seine in Paris, Friday, June 3, 2016. French officials say that the Seine River is still rising in Paris as France's unseasonable spate of rainfall begins to taper off. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

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.