In late January 1910, following months of high rainfall, the Seine River flooded Paris when water pushed upwards from overflowing sewers and subway tunnels, and seeped into basements through fully saturated soil. The waters did not overflow the river’s banks within the city, but flooded Paris through tunnels, sewers, and drains.
Once water invaded the Gare d’Orsay rail terminal, its tracks soon sat under more than a metre of water. To continue moving throughout the city, residents traveled by boat or across a series of wooden walkways built by government engineers and by Parisians themselves.
On 28 January the water reached its maximum height at 8.62 metres (28.28 feet), some 6 m above its normal level.
The water got to its highest after 10 days and after 35 days the water was gone completely.
Our final reader-led road trip sets off today from Baltimore. Over the next five days, Vicky Baker and photographer Greta Rybus will be bringing you live updates of their progress as they head up the east coast, bound for Bar Harbor in Maine.