Torrential rains have hit the Holy Land, flooding many areas and endangering Israelis. The Times of Israel reports that 50 youngsters in the town of Rehovot who were rescued from the floods by boat:
The worst storm system so far this winter struck the coastal plain on Thursday morning, shuttering roads, flooding streets, and forcing the evacuation of a Rehovot preschool by boat.
Despite the dramatic scenes of rescuers shuttling in and out of the area in rubber boats, no one was hurt in the preschool’s evacuation on water-logged Hey Be’iyar Street in the central Israeli city.
At least 50 children and two adults were ferried out of the area...
Police issued a call Thursday for drivers to take special care to drive slowly on wet roads, and to expect flooding even on elevated intercity highways.
Authorities are also warning thrill-seeking hikers against the practice of “chasing” floods in the riverbeds of the south, which experience flash floods as rains from elsewhere in the region are funneled by steep valleys to spill into the Jordan River and Dead Sea. The floods can come unexpectedly and are sometimes deadly to hikers and wildlife caught in their way.