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The Latest: France Reports 2nd Death in Flooding

The Latest: France Reports 2nd Death in Flooding

Friday, 03 June 2016 05:09 AM

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the flooding that has affected parts of Europe (all times local):

10:55 a.m.

French officials say that a second person has died in flooding that has hit large parts of the country.

France's interior ministry said Friday that the 74-year-old man fell into a river in the Seine-et-Marne region east of Paris. He was riding a horse at the time of the accident on Thursday evening. No other details were provided.

Earlier this week, an 86-year-old woman died in her flooded home in Souppes-sur-Loing, southeast of Paris.

The interior ministry says 20,000 people have been evacuated from their homes across France in operations involving thousands of firefighters, military personnel and other officials.

Waters continue to rise even as the rainfall tapers off. The Seine River is expected to reach its highest level later Friday.

10:40 a.m.

Tourists at the Louvre are being turned away as museum workers scramble to protect the world-famous institution's priceless pieces of art from the rising waters of the Seine River.

The operation to remove artwork from the Paris museum's lower stories has attracted worldwide interest amid flooding which sent the Seine's waters rising to their highest levels in roughly 35 years.

Louvre staffers are due to address journalists about the operation later Friday. Other museums and cultural institutions have also been closed across France, including the renowned castles of Chambord and Azay-le-Rideau.

10:00 a.m.

German officials say they've recovered the body of a sixth person who died in this week's flooding in Bavaria near the Austrian border.

Authorities say the 65-year-old man's body was found overnight in the town of Simbach am Inn, which was indundated on Wednesday. Now that flood waters have receded in the area, the search continues for other missing people. Llocal police told the dpa news agency Friday that they were still trying to locate an elderly couple in Simbach.

In all, that brings the total of people killed in flooding over the last week in Germany to 10 — including four in Baden-Wuerttemberg, to Bavaria's west, in flooding that hit Sunday and Monday.

9:45 a.m.

French energy company Enedis says that more than 20,000 customers are without power in the wake of days of flooding and heavy rains.

In a text message, the company says that the blackouts Friday are concentrated in the departments of Seine et Marne and Essonne — to the east and south of Paris, respectively.

9:20 a.m.

French officials say that the Seine River is still rising in Paris as France's unseasonable spate of rainfall begins to taper off.

Traffic in the capital was snarled as flooding choked roads and several Paris railway stations were shut. The country's environment ministry said the Seine had not reached such levels since 1982.

The Louvre Museum is closed Friday as staff work to remove artworks from rooms threatened by the rising waters.

French President Francois Hollande has said that a "natural disaster" will be formally declared next week in a Cabinet meeting for areas most affected by the flooding that has hit Paris and France's central regions.

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