The Paris Floods


    IT is now an evident fact that Paris has recently suffered the ravages of an inundation greater and more severe than any which have visited the city within the last two and a half centuries. A gauge at the bridge of La Tournelle shows the surface of the water as having reached a height above the bed of the river of 27 feet 101/2 inches. Normally, it is only about 8 or 9 feet, and it is necessary to go back so far as the year 1658 in order to find any record exceeding, or even approaching, this figure. At that date the height attained was 28 feet 101/2 inches. A few years previously (1651) there was a flood of 25 feet 8 inches, and in 1649 another of 25 feet 2 inches. The flood of 1802, great as it was, did not exceed 24 feet 5 inches, and that of 1876 only reached 21 feet 11 inches.

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    The Paris Floods . Nature 82, 434 (1910).

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