In the climactic act of Edge Of Tomorrow we see the ruins of Paris, extending as far as the Louvre.

The entire area surrounding this site seems to be flooded in a foot of water or more.

How and why did this flooding happen?


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I spoke with the film's writer; Chris McQuarrie and he confirmed that the Seine had been blocked when the Eiffel Tower collapsed across it, which had in turn caused the city to flood.

Q. Quick question. In "Edge of Tomorrow", why was Paris flooded?

A. The Eiffel Tower had collapsed across the Seine, creating a damn [sic]. It's glimpsed (too?) briefly in the establishing shot.

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Apologies for quality. I've had to use software to enhance the contrast to make this shot visible

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    Which seems a little incomplete, as the Eiffel Tower is mostly empty space, anyway. I assume the concrete embankment around the area must have also collapsed, and that there was ample time for detritus to get stuck on the tower and clog up it's ample openings. I suppose that must be what he meant by it "creating a damn". Cool way to get an answer. +1 Commented Jun 13, 2015 at 0:19
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    I was going to point that out too. There's no way the Eiffel Tower on its own would block the whole river. Commented Jun 13, 2015 at 9:56
  • Is there anything you don't know?
    – KyloRen
    Commented Aug 27, 2016 at 11:07
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    @KyloRen - There's a world of information out there if you just ask. Many writers are more than happy to share if you find them on twitter, facebook or email. I emailed Alan Dean Foster about a word in the "Aliens" novelisation a few days back. I got a reply in under 5 minutes.
    – Valorum
    Commented Aug 27, 2016 at 11:09
  • Thats it, how do you know Alan Dean Foster's email?
    – KyloRen
    Commented Aug 27, 2016 at 11:11

In reality, the Louvre is on the Right Bank of the Seine river. The Seine has a history of flooding that goes back centuries. I don't think there is much of an explanation besides, 'The Seine flooded again'.

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    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 20:31
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    One assumes that the battle has destroyed the bridges and clogged the Seine. Simple really.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 20:31
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    I like the simplicity. Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar.
    – Nerrolken
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 21:29

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