Louvre closed, masterpieces moved amid Paris, River Seine flooding

From CBS News:

PARIS — The swollen Seine River kept rising Friday, spilling out across its banks and onto some streets in Paris as curators at the Louvre closed its doors to the public and scrambled to protect a huge trove of art from the museum’s priceless collection from the flooding.

The Seine, which officials said was at its highest level in nearly 35 years, was expected to peak sometime later Friday.

Nearly a week of heavy rain has led to serious flooding across a swathe of Europe, where 14 people have died and more are missing. Although the rain has tapered off in some areas, floodwaters are still climbing up over scores of river banks. Traffic in the French capital was snarled as flooding choked roads, and several Paris railway stations were shut.