Here is a terrific article from Robert Horvat’s history blog on the great, and little-remembered today, flood catastrophe that struck Paris just before the First World War. I did not know any of this, so it’s always fun to find a blog article that teaches you something. And the old photos are terrific! Great job!

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1280px-ND_141_-_PARIS_-_La_Grande_Crue_de_la_Seine_-_Rétablissement_de_la_circulation_par_passerelles_au_Quai_de_Passy_inondéDuring the flood on the Quai de Passy, makeshift walkways were created to mobilise Parisians.

In the last week of January 1910, the Seine River flooded the city of Paris and its surrounding neighborhoods causing an estimated 400 million francs worth of damage. Fortunately, no deaths were recorded, but Parisians suffered the indignity of being stranded in the homes and or in the streets of Paris. Emergency services and the military were forced to make headway through the saturated streets in boats to rescue people from second-storey windows and to distribute relief aid. At the conclusion of the emergency crisis that gripped the city, many Parisians were left to wonder what happened?

In the weeks leading to the flood, heavy winter rainfall across northern France filled the Seine’s tributaries. When the deluge of water reached Paris on the 21st January, authorities became increasingly alarmed at the slowly rising Seine…

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