Rain Pummels France, Seine River Overflows Paris Embankments

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Rain Pummels France, Seine River Overflows Paris Embankments

Tourists protecting themselves from the pouring rain under umbrellas walk down the Trocadero Esplanade by the Eiffel Tower in Paris. (AFP Photo)

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.

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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.
 

Workers cover the court as play is interrupted due to rain at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on May 31, 2016. (AFP Photo)

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

No casualties have been reported.
 

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