Publication Date June 2, 2016

Severe Flooding Kills 5, Traps Schoolchildren in Germany, Forces Evacuations Across Europe

Two women walk through the flooded streets of Montargis, France, south of Paris, on June 1, 2016. Photo: Dominique Faget, AFP, Getty Iamges

Flooding has killed at least 5 people and prompted evacuations across Europe as a slow-moving storm system dumped rain across the continent. 

The system at times produced extremely intense and record-breaking rainfall. According to meteorologist Tom Moore, portions of northeast France (near the border with Belgium) received six full weeks of rain in just a 24-hour period during the multi-day event...

The Seine River overflowed its banks and Paris City Hall shut down roads along its shores from the Left Bank in the east to the Eiffel Tower neighborhood in the west. Water levels rose at least 14 feet higher than usual. 

In the Pas-de-Calais region of far northern France, rescue workers evacuated some residents and ordered others to higher floors in their homes as rivers rose as much as 3 feet in some areas, local authorities said