Authorities are also particularly concerned about protecting electrical lines from the rising waters. The Grand Palais exhibition center which draws some 2.5 million visitors annually, situated between the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre., has been closed as a precautionary measure. The Louvre, which is on the right bank of the Seine, and the Orsay Museum, on the left, were closed Thursday. Paris City Hall is shutting some parks and cemeteries and is opening gymnasiums to shelter homeless people. The interior ministry says 20,000 people have been evacuated from their homes across France. However the “red alert” issued for a tributary of the Seine, the Loing, and the Indre River, in central France was downgraded as rainfall across the country begins to taper off.The floods are already hurting the city economy.