ciii, 707 pp. volume put out by the Flood Commission, chaired by Alfred Picard, following the Great Flood of Paris of 1910, in which various public authorities analyze the causes of the catastrophic flooding with regards to specific facets of Parisian infrastructure including the bridges, sewers, railways, trams, telegraph and telephone lines, electricity, and gas, and make recommendations for changes to prevent another similar disaster, including the establishment of reservoirs and a deepening of the Seine. Tables, notes. Illustrated with 18 large folding plates including a hydrologic map of the Seine basin, maps of flooded regions, a railway map, and diagrams and charts. 4to. Newer 3/4 leather with raised spine and marbled boards. Paris (Imprimerie Nationale) 1910.
In the winter of 1909-1910, Paris and its environs experienced higher than average rainfall. The water level of the Seine rose eight meters, and the city became flooded through its sewers, subway tunnels, and drains. These tunnels had been enlarged as part of Baron Haussmann's changes to the city in 1878, which magnified the level of destruction. Much of Paris's infrastructure was shut down as it was built within the sewage system to keep from cluttering the streets. Tracks at the Gare d'Orsay even sat under a meter of water. On January 28 the water in the Seine reached its maximum height of 8.62 meters above its normal level, and in March levels finally returned to normal. Very scarce; as of January 2018, WorldCat locates only two institutional holdings of this work on Parisian urbanism in North America. Book ID: 48790