French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has announced the provisional number of victims caused by the flood in France: 4 dead, 24 injured, and 20,000 evacuated people. “It will take time to go back to normal life” – he said. Meanwhile, in Paris, the level of the Seine has started dropping. Weather alert in eighteen French departments is still at orange level. The level of the Seine started dropping after 2 a.m. last night and continues to do so at present, according to the French media, which also say that by 8 a.m. this morning, the levels of the river that crosses Paris have dropped to 6.6 meters near the Austerlitz station. Yesterday, the waters of the Seine reached record levels seen in the last 35 years, and the great museums of the French capital, including the Louvre, had hurried to secure the works of art that are normally kept on the ground floor.
Meanwhile, over 17,000 houses have been left without electricity in France because of the damage caused by the flood – according to the chiefs of the National Power Grid (RTE). Last night, the company reported that about 18,000 houses had no electricity. More precisely, the blackout concerns 15,210 houses in Ile-de-France, over 550 thousand houses in Loiret, and over 1,000 houses in Loir-et-Cher. The water levels of the Seine are slowly dropping, especially in Paris, after reaching 6.10 meters, the record level seen in the last 30 years.