At least five people have been and more are missing following serious flooding in Germany. Forecasters have predicted more rain, as emergency response teams rescue people trapped in their homes across Bavaria and Rhineland Palatinate. Thousands of homes are without power.

Trains have been stopped in Paris due to the flooding, and the Louvre will be closed tomorrow (Friday) as priceless artefacts are moved to higher ground. Three thousand people have been evacuated from Nemours, near Paris.

If you are visiting either area, please take appropriate precautions.

From Deutsche Welle

Flooding in France, Germany expected to worsen

The German states of Bavaria and Rhineland-Palatinate, which have already been hit by four days of severe flooding, have been warned to expect further storms.

Water levels are expected to continue rising in both states, along with parts of North Rhine-Westphalia in the west, forecasters warned.

About 3,500 homes in Bavaria are now without electricity after floods up to 1 meter (3.3 ft) in height struck many towns. Rescue helicopters were dispatched to Lower Bavaria rescue people from the roofs of their homes.

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From the BBC

France floods: Louvre to close as Seine rises further

The world’s most visited museum, the Louvre in Paris, is to close on Friday amid worsening flooding caused by days of torrential rain.

The move will allow staff to move works at risk of damage to higher parts of the gallery, a statement said.

The Seine, which runs through Paris past the Louvre, has risen five metres above normal levels.

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From Reuters

Thousands evacuated as France declares flood emergency

The Seine could peak at 6 meters in Paris on Friday, officials said, stressing that was still well below the level where it would pose danger to residents. The river reached a record high of 8.6 meters in 1910.

President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency in the worst affected areas and promised funding to help local authorities deal with flood damage. Unusually heavy rains in June showed the urgency to curb climate change, he said.

In the Loire Valley, Chambord castle, a UNESCO world heritage site, found itself surrounded by water.

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