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The feet of the Zouave statue on the Pont de l'Alma are covered by the rising waters from the Seine River after days of rainy weather in Paris, France, June 2, 2016 as the Zouave statue is considered an indicator of the level of the Seine, when his feet are under water, emergency flood precautions are taken.Reuters

Paris' Louvre museum closed its doors to the public on Friday to evacuate artworks from its underground reserves after the Seine river overflowed its banks to reach its highest level in over 30 years and massive floods hit parts of France and Germany due to torrential rains.

According to the BBC, closing the museum will give time to the staff to move artworks at risk to the higher parts of the gallery.

Torrential rains caused the Seine, which runs through Paris past Louvre, to rise 18 feet above its normal level by Thursday evening, still far from what it was like in 1910 when the river rose 26 feet above the normal level, the New York Times reported.

Another tourist attraction, the Musee d'Orsay, closed its doors on Thursday to put in place a flood-protection plan and evacuate the museum's masterpieces and other works of art, the NYT reported.

According to the BBC report, heavy rains and floods have claimed at least 10 lives, most in Germany.

Rains have also disrupted the French Open, forcing the postponement of several matches.

More rainfall is expected over the weekend.

Floods have forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes. According to DW News, German states of Bavaria and Rhineland-Palatinate have been warned of further storms. An estimated 3,500 homes in Bavaria are without electricity. Helicopters have been dispatched to rescue people from their homes.

As reported by the BBC, approximately 25,000 houses are without electricity in Paris and central France. Around 3,000 people have been evacuated in Nemours.

The feet of the Zouave statue on the Pont de l'Alma are covered by the rising waters from the Seine River after days of rainy weather in Paris, France, June 2, 2016 as the Zouave statue is considered an indicator of the level of the Seine, when his feet are under water, emergency flood precautions are taken.
The feet of the Zouave statue on the Pont de l'Alma are covered by the rising waters from the Seine River after days of rainy weather in Paris, France, June 2, 2016 as the Zouave statue is considered an indicator of the level of the Seine, when his feet are under water, emergency flood precautions are taken.Reuters
Fog covers the top of the Eiffel Tower as rainy weather continues in Paris, France, June 2, 2016.
Fog covers the top of the Eiffel Tower as rainy weather continues in Paris, France, June 2, 2016.Reuters
French firefighters on a small boat evacuate residents from a flooded area in Longjumeau, southern Paris, after days of almost non-stop rain caused flooding in the country, June 2, 2016.
French firefighters on a small boat evacuate residents from a flooded area in Longjumeau, southern Paris, after days of almost non-stop rain caused flooding in the country, June 2, 2016.Reuters
General view of the flooded river-side of the River Seine in central Paris with the Notre-Dame Cathedral in the background.
General view of the flooded river-side of the River Seine in central Paris with the Notre-Dame Cathedral in the background.Reuters
French firefighters on a small boat evacuate residents in Montargis, near Orleans.
French firefighters on a small boat evacuate residents in Montargis, near Orleans.Reuters
Workers remove palm trees from the banks along the Seine River in Paris.
Workers remove palm trees from the banks along the Seine River in Paris.Reuters
French firefighters use a small boat to evacuate residents in Montargis, near Orleans.
French firefighters use a small boat to evacuate residents in Montargis, near Orleans.Reuters
Padlocks clipped by lovers are seen in front of the
Padlocks clipped by lovers are seen in front of the "Ile de la Cite" flooded by the River Seine in central Paris.Reuters
A French firefighter evacuates a baby from a flooded area in Chalette-sur-Loing, near Orleans, France.
A French firefighter evacuates a baby from a flooded area in Chalette-sur-Loing, near Orleans, France.Reuters
French firefighters on small boats evacuate residents from a flooded area after heavy rainfall in Nemours, France, June 1, 2016.
French firefighters on small boats evacuate residents from a flooded area after heavy rainfall in Nemours, France, June 1, 2016.Reuters
A resident brings French baguettes to his mother's flooded house in Chalette-sur-Loing Montargis, near Orleans, France.
A resident brings French baguettes to his mother's flooded house in Chalette-sur-Loing Montargis, near Orleans, France.Reuters
A Rolls-Royce is parked along the Seine River in Paris.
A Rolls-Royce is parked along the Seine River in Paris.Reuters