Gennevillers

As the protective walls along the riverbank buckled under the weight of the rising Seine, a tocsin sounded, warning the inhabitants of impending doom with only a few minutes to spare. At about midnight on January 28, the levees at Gennevilliers burst with a terrifying explosion that boomed across the region. The Seine, which was normally not even a quarter mile across, was now reportedly three and three-quarter miles at Gennevilliers.