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February 19, 1910

The Paris Floods

JAMA. 1910;LIV(8):631-632. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550340053016

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Abstract

Paris, Feb. 1, 1910.

To the Editor:  —For the past week Paris has been struggling with a rising flood, unlike anything recorded during the last 300 years. The Seine has risen about 24 feet above its customary level, and is fortunately now subsiding, but leaving some of the most important parts of Paris and the most fashionable quarters in a pitiable state. The causes of this flood are not so clear as one would suppose. I have spent the last two weeks in Paris, and no extraordinary rainfall has been recorded here during that time. The weather has been mild; the grass is green everywhere; very little snow has fallen in France. Indeed, the complaint has been in France and parts of Switzerland that the scant snow has prevented the customary winter sports. The floods, nevertheless, are a very serious reality and are due, doubtless, to persistent but not violent

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