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When it rains, it pours: Israel's north hit by floods
Drivers are stranded and roads are blocked by rising waters as winter makes itself felt across the country; meteorologists warn bad weather will continue.
Heavy rains caused floods across Israel’s north on Monday, stranding two cars mid-stream and damaging property in several regions.

 

 

The two cars were caught in a flood in the Hilazon stream, in which an IDF soldier drowned last Monday during navigation practice, and drivers had to call for rescue. The local fire department used a crane in order to reach the drivers, who were stranded on the roofs of their cars.

 

Floods in the Hilazon Stream    (צילום: דוברות המשטרה, כבאות כבאות והצלה מחוז צפון)

Floods in the Hilazon Stream

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

 

 

Floods strike throughout the country    (צילום: שי אמרוסי, כבאות והצלה צפון)

Floods strike throughout the country

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

 

Several roads were also blocked due to floods, including Route 90, a main artery that connects the southernmost city of Eilat and Kiryat Shmona in the very north. The Route 90 flooding also struck close to the northern city of Tiberias when the Arbel River overflowed due to heavy rain.

 

Drivers being evacuated during the flood in Hilazon stream (Photo: Police Spokesperson)
Drivers being evacuated during the flood in Hilazon stream (Photo: Police Spokesperson)

 

Driver stranded in the Hilazon stream (Photo: Fire Department's Northern District)
Driver stranded in the Hilazon stream (Photo: Fire Department's Northern District)

 

Several other northern communities in the Galilee suffered floods, including Acre, Sakhnin, Kabul and Tamra, which all suffer from poor infrastructure. Main roads turned into rivers and flooded property, causing a mother and her two children from the city of Arraba to be stranded in their flooded home. Rescue forces took brought them to safety.

 

Mother and two children starnded in their home in Arrabe (Photo: Fire Department's Northern District)
Mother and two children starnded in their home in Arrabe (Photo: Fire Department's Northern District)

 

While northern regions experienced the heaviest rainfall, Israel’s south experienced only light rains. However, according to Nahum Malik from the Meteo-Tech meteorological organization, areas are flooding regardless of the amount of rainfall due to an oversaturated water table after the recurrent storms of the past few weeks.

 

A school in Tamra during the floods
A school in Tamra during the floods

 

On the Golan Heights, reservoirs for agricultural use reached up to 50 percent capacity, while Mt. Hermon once again saw snowfall and is expected to open for skiers and snowboarders for the first time this year once the stormy weather subsides.

 

The Arbel stream overflowing by the community of Migdal (Photo: Shai Amrusi)
The Arbel stream overflowing by the community of Migdal (Photo: Shai Amrusi)

 

The stormy Hula Valley (Photo: Dror Galili)
The stormy Hula Valley (Photo: Dror Galili)

 

The inclement weather also reached the center of the country, which was hit by fog, heavy winds and rain. In the Negev Desert, residents were bracing for sand storms, which were also felt in Tel Aviv. Winds gusts in the Mediterranean Sea are expected to reach 60 kilometers per hour, while waves measured between 200-400 centimeters.

 

The stormy front is expected to continue into Wednesday, and snowfall in northern peaks could expand to the Jerusalem region. Waves in the Mediterranean are expected to reach 400-800 centimeters, with wind speeds of up to 90 kilometres an hour.

 


פרסום ראשון: 01.14.19, 14:53
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