I was so intrigued by the imagery that I ordered a copy of Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910 by Jeffrey H. Jackson, just published by MacMillian.
One hundred years ago, Paris suffered one of the worst floods in its recorded history. The Galeries des Bibliothèques has compiled an online exhibit to show off some of the striking images from the flood, including an interactive exhibit with more than 1,300 photos. At one point, the water hit more than 20 feet above normal levels. The flood crippled the city’s infrastructure, leaving many Parisians stranded when even the trains could not longer operate after several major stations flooded, including the Gare D’Orsay on the right bank. The images are striking, often haunting reminders of mankind’s fragility compared to the brutal force of nature.