Paris: Traffic chaos as flood closes peripherique

Access by car to Paris city centre has been considerably hampered by a flood affecting the capital’s most important and busiest road, the peripherique.

Paris: Traffic chaos as flood closes peripherique
Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP

An underground pipe in a tunnel in the south west of the capital (XVe arrondissement) is thought to have burst and flooded the road, leading authorities to cut off traffic in the area affected.

According to local daily Le Parisien, police “estimate the road will be reopened mid morning, between 8 and 10 am”.

Vehicles planning to head north to south on the section of road between Porte de la Muette and Porte de Saint-Cloud will not be allowed on the ring road until the problem is solved.  The same applies to traffic between Issy-les-Moulineaux and Porte d'Auteuil.

The A13 motorway isn’t accessible from the peripherique but drivers on the A13 will be able to access the inside ring of the peripherique. 

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