Torrential Downpours in Israel: Sea of Galilee Overflows, Man Drowns while Saving Family

January 9, 2020

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The Sea of Galilee has risen 23 cm in the last 24 hours due to heavy rainfall throughout Israel reports Kipa. This impressive increase accounts for a quarter of the entire rise in the Kineret from the beginning of the winter.

The Jordan River is experiencing a record flow of 136 cubic meters per second. Below is the Yarmouk, the largest tributary into the Jordan River:

Waterfalls in the Golan are experiencing growth as well:

A teenage girl trapped in a new river in the coastal town of Ashdod gets rescued by the police.

(courtesy: Police spokesperson)

Some people had a little fun like this photoshopped submarine on Tel Aviv’s main thoroughfare -the Ayalon:

fake submarine in Ayalon Freeway (courtesy: David Weitz)

New streams are forming in places they’ve never been before like this one in Beit Shemesh right outside of Breaking Israel News’ office:

Stream in Bet Shemesh (credit: BIN)

Flooding hit the central flatlands the worst in cities like Rosh Haayin.

Vehicle flooded in Rosh Haayin (courtesy: Fire and Rescue spokesperson)
rescue efforts in Rosh Haayin (courtesy: Fire and Rescue spokesperson)

Meanwhile,  Nahariya, 32-year-old Motti Ben Shabat tragically drowned while saving a family from a vehicle that was trapped underwater in an upstream by the beach.

A friend of Ben Shabat, who witnessed the event unfold, told Channel 12: “he jumped to save the people. There was a man in the car who drowned. He jumped into the water, and the current pulled him into the car and he disappeared inside after that. Now we already know he is at sea. We are mourning and hurt; I’ve known him from childhood.”

Schools in Naharia have been closed due to the downpours.



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