The incessant rainfall over the weekend has caused massive floods in several parts of the country on Sunday, as well as significant damage to some of Israel’s less structurally sound areas.
Floods were reported in the central city of Lod, as well as in the nearby Arab city of Baqa al-Gharbiya which has had some of its roads blocked off completely due to dangerous overflow.
Fire and Rescue Services were deployed to Kfar Qassem after a man and a child became trapped in their vehicle stranded in one of the city’s flooded roads. Rescue forces were also called to help a woman and her child out of a waterlogged vehicle in Petah Tikva.
In East Jerusalem, meanwhile, submerged vehicles were seen stranded in the middle of the road.
“Every year we suffer from flooding more than anywhere else,” a local told Ynet. “We turned to the Jerusalem municipality so they will take care of the drainage, but there was no answer. Many homes and businesses were damaged and children could not go to school.”
Sunday is expected to remain particularly cold, with strong rains expected mainly in the central and southern coastal areas where additional floods are also expected.
The expected temperatures for Sunday: Jerusalem 5℃-7℃ (41℉-45℉), Tel Aviv-Yafo 12℃-14℃ (54℉-57℉), Haifa 10℃-13℃ (50℉-55℉), Safed 3℃-6℃ (37℉-43℉), Tiberias 10℃-13℃ (50℉-55℉), Lod 10℃-14℃ (50℉-57℉), Ashdod 12℃-14℃ (53℉-55℉), Be'er Sheva 7℃-11℃ (47℉-52℉), and Eilat 11℃-18℃ (52℉-64℉).