Fatal Floods Wreak Havoc In Germany and France
Germany and France have been affected with severe flash floods from thunderstorms this week, forcing thousands to evacuate.
A man walks on a flooded road near his houseboat moored near the Eiffel towel during flooding on the banks of the Seine River in Paris, France, after days of almost non-stop rain caused flooding in the country on June 2, 2016.
Rivers in Europe have burst their banks from Paris to the southern German state of Bavaria, killing nine people, trapping thousands more in homes or cars and forcing everything from subway lines to castles to the Louvre to shut down.
A woman takes pictures of a hole in the federal road 12 near Simbach am Inn, Germany, on June 2, on the day after heavy rains. In southern Germany, more than five people were killed as floods swept through the towns of Simbach am Inn and Triftern near the Austrian border.
French firefighters on small boats evacuate residents from a flooded area after heavy rainfall in Nemours, France, June 1.
Paris police upgraded their flood warning to "orange" -- the second-highest level -- for areas in the French capital near the Seine, which has already overflowed its banks in many places. The warning means floods could have "a significant impact" on buildings and people.
The front of the Chateau de Chambord (the Castle of Chambord) was closed due to the floods on June 1, in Chambord, France.
A helicopter conducts a rescue operation amid flooding in Simbach, Germany, on June 1. Heavy rains lashed parts of the country, cutting roads, stranding people on rooftops and forcing schools to close their doors.
A resident brings French baguettes to his mother's flooded house after heavy rain falls in Chalette-sur-Loing Montargis, near Orleans, France, June 1. Because of the floods more than 80 roads across France had to be closed.
People cross a damaged street after a flood in Simbach am Inn, southern Germany, on June 1. In Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, meanwhile, promised continued help for flooded areas, telling reporters Thursday that she "mourns for those for whom the help has come too late, who lost their lives."
Residents use a canoe to evacuate in downtown Nemours, south of Paris, on June 2. For the second day, emergency workers evacuated residents in Nemours, the hardest-hit site in France.
The flooded Vert Galant park is pictured from the Pont Neuf bridge after the banks of the river Seine became flooded following heavy rainfalls on June 1. Tourist boat cruises in Paris have been cancelled and roads in and around the capital are under water. A suburban train line that runs alongside the Seine in central Paris, serving popular tourist sites like the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides plaza and the Orsay museum, was shut down but other subway lines were running normally.
People wait in a gymnasium of Nemours after their evacuation after the Loing river burst its banks causing floods on June 2.
A Paris fireman anchors a flooded container used by a restaurant on the river Seine in Paris on June 1. France's meteorological service said Thursday that severe flood watches remained in effect in one Paris-area region: Seine-et-Marne.
French firefighters on a small boat evacuate residents from a flooded area after heavy rain falls in Chalette-sur-Loing, near Orleans, France, on June 1.
A man stands by a damaged car at a flooded residential area after heavy rain hit Simbach am Inn, Germany, on June . The floodwaters in Bavaria receded somewhat and disaster relief crews were helping to clear the wreckage, but there were warnings of more storms.
French firefighters on a small boat evacuate residents from a flooded area in Longjumeau, southern Paris, on June 2.
People clean their house in Simbach am Inn, southern Germany, on June 2 after the heavy rains.
Residents with the help of rescue workers cross a flooded street in Nemours, Paris, on June 1.