Spoiled Wine

The Seine poured into wine storage facilities pushing dozens of barrels into the main river channel and propelling many of them downstream. Frightened merchants yanked on rubber waders and slogged through waist-high water trying to wrestle the enormous casks back into their warehouses. After only brief soak in muddy water, much of the city's precious wine supply—not a luxury, but a staple of life—began to spoil.