Leonora Epstein
June 03, 2016 5:28 pm

You may have heard that Paris is currently experiencing floods of epic proportions. The Seine is apparently at its highest level in 30 years, and now major museums like the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay are moving art to safer heights so the city’s treasures won’t be damaged. We had to get a closer look on Instagram, and were shocked by what we found.

Like this boat named Willy, unable to pass under a bridge:

And this street lamp, almost completely submerged:

Look at how high the water level is — seriously.

Floods didn’t stop this couple from taking their wedding photos by the Seine.

Paris is no stranger to crazy floods. The worst occurred in 1910, when the city was submerged for two whole months and archival photography shows how difficult and treacherous the city became. People literally had to get around the city via rowboat:

FRANCE - 1910: Flood of the Seine, Paris, January, 1910. ND-154457. (Photo by ND/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
ND/Roger Viollet/Getty Images

And makeshift walkways were constructed to allow people to pass through flooded areas:

ND/Roger Viollet/Getty Images

We certainly hope the current conditions don’t reach 1910’s levels, and everyone can go back to enjoying their wine and art soon!

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