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IN PICS: See the damage left behind by floods in France

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IN PICS: See the damage left behind by floods in France
A flooded home office in Montargis. Photo: AFP
10:24 CEST+02:00
Along with taking four lives and injuring 24, the floods in France have caused extensive damage to people's homes, businesses and livelihoods, particularly in areas south of Paris.

The cost of damages for the floods in France is expected to be between €600 million and €2 billion

Thousands of residents in towns such as Nemours and Montargis, south of Paris, saw their homes submerged while shop owners were also left counting the costs as the town centres were inundated by the floods.

A "natural disaster" will be declared this week in the worst areas affected, which will make it easier for residents and business owners to make insurance claims.

Here's a look at some of the damage. 

A bookstore in Montargis, 130 km south of Paris. Photo: AFP

A bookstore in Montargis, 130 km south of Paris. Photo: AFP

Eyes on Paris but other areas bear brunt of floods in FranceIn Longjumeau, 25 km to the south of Paris, many residents have seen their homes completely inundated. Photo: AFP

A car submerged in the Seine in Paris:

And another in the street of Armeau, north central France. 

President of the Ile-de-France Region Valerie Pecresse visits the closed railway tracks of the RER C commuter train in Paris on June 4th. Photo: AFP

A farmer surveys his lost crops in Freneuse, 70 km west of Paris. Photo: AFP

This picture taken on June 3, 2016, shows a flooded hotel in Montrichard. In the Loir-et-Cher département 180 road agents are at work and half the roads are flooded. Photo: AFP

A flooded corn field in Freneuse, 70 km west of Paris. Photo: AFP

The owners of a hair salon clear the ravaged property in in Montargis. Photo: AFP

Flood damage at a restaurant in Nemours, 90 km south of Paris. Photo: BFMTV

Flood damage in a restaurant in Nemours, 90 km south of Paris. Photo: BFMTV

A homeowner surveys damage in her garage in Nemours, 90 km south of Paris. Photo: BFMTV

A homeowner surveys damage in his garage in Nemours, 90 km south of Paris. Photo: BFMTV

A flooded petrol station in Blois, in the Loir-et-Cher département. Photo: AFP

Below, firefighters work on cleaning up spilled fuel oil in the canal in Nemours. 

The library in Nemours was also flooded.

On Sunday evacuation began of the more than 200 cars that have been stuck on the A10 highway. Photo: BFMTV

The town of Nemours, 90 km south of Paris, was one of the worst hit areas by the floods. In the video below, home and business owners inspect the damages to their properties. 

 
On Monday morning orange alert warnings from the country’s weather service Météo France were still in place for 14 départements – mainly in the Ile-de-France region around Paris and Normandy.
 
More storms and rain are on the way but authorities do not believe flood levels will be affected.
 
So while the worst of the flooding is over, the damages sustained mean it could be a while before some areas of France are back to normal. 
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