Thousands evacuated as floods hit Northern France

FLOODS in northern France have caused thousands of people to be evacuated from their homes as waters envelope streets and river banks, French media reported.

Some 3 thousand people were evacuated from the town of Nemours, in the Seine-et-Marne region east of Paris, and nearly 5 000 from the department of Essone, south of Paris, including 2 000 from the suburban centre of Longjumeau, French media said.

Television images showed highways underwater, and the Paris police department Twitter account published photographs of firefighters rescuing a homeless man from the street beneath a bridge that was being submerged.

Historic villages centres, including main promenades lined with shops  and bakeries, had more than a metre of water covering the streets.

In central Paris, the Seine rose and covered the river banks’ broad walkways. A dpa reporter saw a family evacuating a houseboat on the Seine using a small dinghy. – dpa