A helicopter on a rescue operation amid flooding in Simbach, Germany, on Wednesday. The death toll from torrential rainfall across northern Europe has risen to nine, and thousands of people have been evacuated. Heavy rains lashing parts of France, Germany and Austria cut off road access, stranded people on rooftops and forced schools to close their doors, and French weather forecasters warned of more to come yesterday. Paris prepared to close an underground metro line as water levels in the river Seine kept rising, and staff at the Louvre museum were told the venue was likely to close. The downpours have caused the Seine and other rivers to burst their banks. In southern Germany, dangerously swollen rivers killed four more people after four deaths earlier in the week and severely damaged towns in Bavaria. On Bavaria's south-eastern border with Austria, some residents scrambled onto rooftops to escape the rising waters.