Europe

77-year-old driver dies trapped in flood in northern France

A woman takes photos of the flooded banks of the Seine river in Paris, France Saturday June 4, 2016. The level of the Seine started to drop after peaking earlier in the morning. Both the Louvre and Orsay museums were closed as officials said the Seine had been at its highest level in nearly 35 years. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

A woman takes photos of the flooded banks of the Seine river in Paris, France Saturday June 4, 2016. The level of the Seine started to drop after peaking earlier in the morning. Both the Louvre and Orsay museums were closed as officials said the Seine had been at its highest level in nearly 35 years. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

A 77-year-old man has drowned in his car in northern France, trapped on a flooded roadway in a severe thunderstorm, the fifth victim of days of flooding around France.

Etienne Desplanques, from the administration of the Pas de Calais region, said on BFM-TV that the man died after taking a road inundated by quickly rising floodwaters that swept his car away. The death highlighted the severity of the storm, which required hundreds of interventions by rescue workers in the region.

At least 19 people have died in flooding across Europe.

In Paris and elsewhere, the French were digging out but watchful. The saturated ground means fresh rain can quickly spell more trouble.

The Seine river's levels peaked Saturday in Paris but remain more than 3 meters (10 feet) above normal.