Multiple days of heavy rains in Paris have caused the Seine to flood its banks, putting artworks at the famed Louvre museum and the Musée d'Orsay at risk. Due to their position right near the river, the museum staffs worked preemptively, moving works to higher floors to ensure their safety.
These museums house some of the most famous works by artists such as Michelangelo, da Vinci, van Gogh, Degas, Monet—the list goes on and on.
"The aim is to move works situated in areas vulnerable to flooding to safety by moving them to higher floors," the Louvre said in a statement.
As of Friday afternoon, says the museum will be closed through June 7. The echoes the statement, citing that the museum will not open before June 7. Rainstorms are forecast to continue through the weekend, and have already proven deadly in both France and Germany.
, François Duquesne, head of Vigicrues, the agency which monitors water levels in France, said the following today: "The Seine is still rising but we are far from the 8.5 meters recorded in 1910 (when large areas of the capital were flooded for 45 days). We should see a rise to a peak of around 5.6 meters overnight."