Flooded Petah Tikva street following the weekend rain

Israeli streets become submerged after weekend downpour

Road closures reported in central Israel following powerful cloudburst; several people rescued in Petah Tikva and Kfar Qassem from waterlogged vehicles; citizens lament poor drainage

Danny Rupp |
Published: 01.16.22, 11:26
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.
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  • 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.
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    שט בקיאק בהצפות בפתח תקווה
    שט בקיאק בהצפות בפתח תקווה
    Flooded Petah Tikva street following the weekend rain
    (Photo: Yaron Kdoshim)
    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.”
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    הצפות בכפר עקב
    הצפות בכפר עקב
    Flooding in East Jerusalem
    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℉).
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