Photos: Louvre Evacuates Artwork as Torrential Rains Flood Paris

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By Bruno Thiery | 1:56 pm, June 3, 2016
Officials at the Louvre in Paris are moving some of the most precious artwork to higher floors to protect it from possible flooding after the river Seine burst its banks following six straight days of heavy downpours. The museum, most famous for pieces like the “Mona Lisa” and the “Venus de Milo,” has about 250, 000 pieces of art in storage in its basement. Those, along with some of the pieces on the ground floor, are being transferred to higher spots in the 225-year-old museum. Paris is expecting more torrential rain over the weekend. The downpours, the worst in decades in Paris, have already claimed two lives and have forced 20,000 people to evacuate their homes.