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Louvre Reopens After Flooding, as Cost of Rain Damage Mounts

Louvre officials moved 35,000 artworks from storage areas and low-lying exhibition areas of the riverside museum

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    People stand on the Alma bridge as they look at the Zouave statue, which is used as a measuring instrument during floods, in Paris, Saturday, June 4, 2016.

    The Louvre and the Orsay, the premier museums of Paris, have reopened after an emergency closure last week to move masterpieces to higher ground during the city's worst flooding in decades.

    Visitors lined up to see the Mona Lisa and other famed works in the Louvre after Wednesday's reopening. Louvre officials moved 35,000 artworks from storage areas and low-lying exhibition areas of the riverside museum as the Seine River rose last week.

    Flooding around Europe has killed at least 19 people, including a 77-year-old man who drowned in his car Tuesday in northern France.

    The Seine's levels peaked Saturday in Paris but remain more than 3 meters (10 feet) above normal, and several French regions are facing thunderstorm warnings Wednesday.

    The Orsay Museum, renowned for its Impressionist collection, also reopened Wednesday.