Roads under water, railway services cut, houses and factories flooded - that's the position in and around Paris and Seine Basin after the great thaw.
GV. Flooded area.
TRAVEL SHOT. Of flooded houses.
TRAVEL SHOT. Flooded road.
SV.PAN. Woman being helped along duckboards.
PAN Of woman in boat carrying bread.
GV. People in street with boats.
SV.PAN People in rubber boat.
SV. Men helping people into boat.
BACK V. Lorry carrying people through flood.
SV.PAN. Girl and boy walking along duckboards.
BACK V. People in boat rowing.
SV. People getting in boat.
GV. People in boats.
LV. Woman on balcony.
SV. Boat towards house.
PAN. Entrance to flooded house.
SV. Man with 2 dogs in boat.
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Background: Roads under water, railway services cut, houses and factories flooded - that's the position in and around Paris and Seine Basin after the great thaw. The Seine has risen to the danger mark, about 20 feet, and is within three feet of the record flood of 1955. Villeneuve le Roi filmed by Visnews Jan 19 a short way outside Paris, is a 'little Venice'. Muddy flood waters swirl through the streets and pedestrians walk on duckboards. Other districts are threatened by the steadily rising water.
About 500 people have been evacuated from their homes, a large number of them billetted in schools and council offices. Boats ferry people to and from work and maintain supply lines to the marooned who won't leave their homes.
Mayor of Villeneuve le Roi, M. Cartier, has personally directed rescue operations for three days and nights, working along side his 'front line' workers.
Other parts of Paris, suburbs, and domitory towns are as badly hit. Concrete barriers are being erected along the Seine embankments to hold back the deluge. Orly airport is housing many flood refugees. If the Seine does not rise above the 23 feet level Paris officials are sure they can prevent extensive flooding in the heart of the capital. Since the catastrophical 1955 floods, when the river burst its banks and flooded neighbouring streets, more substantial riverside defences have been built.