Authorities have decided to move iconic artwork in Louvre as rising water from the historic flood in France has crossed the danger level. The water of Seine River has already overflown roads and rail tracks across the country.
The authorities in Louvre were forced to move precious artwork to the higher ground due to flood. This is a move which has been taken after decades. The museum informed the public about the evacuation through Twitter. It stated that its employees were working hard to protect the precious artifacts. The water level in the river is expected to rise higher till Friday noon. The iconic art museum will be closed on Friday to remove artwork from rooms vulnerable to the flood water. These artifacts will be shifted upstairs.
The riverside museum, which is one of the most visited ones of the world, decided to move its priceless artifacts after witnessing days of incessant rain in Paris, reported The National.
Louvre in its statement said, “The aim is to move works situated in areas vulnerable to flooding to safety by moving them to higher floors.”
A spokesperson from the museum said that this is the first time in modern history that such an action has been taken. Last time it was renovated in 1993. The spokesperson also said that some underground storerooms built during the renovation were particularly vulnerable to flood water. Last time the moving of artifacts to higher floors was done in 1910 as a flood of same intensity hit the French capital. More than 200,000 artifacts are located in flood risked areas, reported The Sydney Morning Herald.
There is flooding in European rivers from Paris to Bavaria, Germany. As of writing, there are 6 people reported dead because of the flooding. Thousands of people are trapped and subways and museums are closed across Europe.
Musee d’Orsay which is on the left bank of Seine was closed on Thursday to carry out its protection plan. The museum also stated that if the flood water rises more than 5.5 meters a crisis management team would move its vulnerable artifacts to upstairs. It has been speculated that Seine could rise above 6 meters on Friday.
Meanwhile, Musee d’Orsay said that both museums have chalked out their emergency flooding plans and both have organized drills to deal with floods.
Notably, Louvre planning to shift its vulnerable artefacts from the riverside building to a new location near its satellite museum at Lens in Northern France. The shifting will be completed by 2019.