A woman takes photos of the flooded banks of the Seine river in Paris, France Saturday June 4, 2016. The level of the Seine started to drop after peaking earlier in the morning. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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The rain-swollen River Seine in Paris receded after reaching its highest level in three decades as attention turned Sunday to other areas of France where alert warnings have been issued.From a peak of 6.10 meters (20 feet) in the early hours of Saturday, the river began to subside, falling to 5.77 meters at 8 a.m., the environment ministry's Vigicrues flood watch website said. Alerts have also been issued in 15 other regions, including Ile-de-France, where Paris is located, Lorraine in the northeast as well as parts of the country's central areas.More than 20,000 people have been evacuated over the past week from the Loire Valley and the greater Paris area.French Environment Minister Segolene Royal announced a major flood exercise in coming weeks based on flooding on the scale of the 1910 calamity, when the river rose 8.62 meters in Paris.
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