More than 19,000 residents living in the areas surrounding the City of Lights have been left in darkness, as floods wiped out power services Friday.
Thousands who were evacuated from towns like Nemours, south of Paris, are starting to return home, only to find many of their possessions destroyed. Some have lost everything.
Enry de Brolles, 78, found his Nemours bookshop inundated and most of his books damaged beyond repair.
"It's the loss of a lifetime of work that disappears," he told CNN affiliate BFMTV. He said he does not know if he'll be able to reopen his business.
The TV station showed images of another woman who returned to a flooded basement, throwing out items from her courtyard that were claimed by the storm waters.
Floods and strikes
The floods have come at a bad time for the French government. It has been scrambling to keep gas stations from running dry and cities powered after workers at oil refineries and nuclear plants walked off the job weeks ago over proposed changes to labor laws.
Transportation workers joined the strike, and only a third of the country's trains are running.
The floods and strikes also come ahead of the month-long Euro 2016 soccer championship, which kicks off next week and is expected to attract some 2.5 million people.
Some flights were grounded this week when air traffic controllers went on strike, and chaos is expected next week if pilots join the action as planned starting June 11, the day after the soccer event begins.
'Like Noah's Ark'
American journalist Mort Rosenblum, author of "The Secret Life of the Seine River," has lived by the river for 30 years, and told CNN on Friday that he had never seen the river rise so high.
"This is June; one night we're sitting on the deck having wine and it's perfectly normal, expecting the little ducks to float by in the morning, you know, calmly, and the next morning you wake up and it's like Noah's Ark," he said.
Parts of Germany are also expected to experience downpours Saturday, meaning rivers and tributaries there will be cresting over coming days as water works its way down the river systems, according to CNN's Weather Unit.
At least 42 people attending a music festival in Mendig, Germany, 80 miles southwest of Cologne, were taken to hospitals Friday after lightning strikes. Rock am Ring attendees were injured after a heavy thunderstorm with lightning hit the area where the festival was being held. Eight of them suffered serious injuries, and one of the attendees had to be resuscitated by medics.
Rock am Ring officials resumed the festival after a temporary interruption.
Rescuers in the German state of Bavaria evacuated 150 people in Simbach am Inn, a police spokesman told CNN, after a normally tiny creek suddenly flooded Friday.
A house where asylum seekers are living was also suddenly flooded, but everyone was able to run upstairs to safety.
Updated 8:19 AM ET, Sat June 4, 2016
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