Monday, January 18, 2010

Flash Floods in the Negev

From the Jerusalem Post:

Many roads in the South were closed down following floods and a storm which has been raging since Sunday night.

Four tourists became trapped in their car in Arava Monday due to intense flooding.

Rescue units, including a helicopter, were working to evacuate them from the vehicle.

Route 90, leading from the Dead Sea hotels to the Center, Route 40 and Route 211 in the Negev were closed for traffic. The Nitzana Bridge collapsed due to heavy rainfalls.

The Nitzana, Tzin, Revivim Besor Haroe'h and Beersheba streams were overflowing.

A vehicle drifted away near the Revivim quarry and was still being sought on Monday morning. Two trucks with three travelers were swept into the Paran stream near Eilat and the travelers needed assistance from the local rescue unit and IDF helicopters.

All schools in the Ramat Hanegev Local Council were closed because of the floods. Schools in Kadesh Barne'a, Ezuz, Kmehin, Nitzana, Revivim, Mashabe Sadeh, Telalim and Retamim were closed.

Significant downpours swept the land, especially in the Negev and northern Negev, where 49 millimeters were registered during the night.

This reminds one of Psalm 126:4: “Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negev.”

UPDATE: Arutz-7 reports:

One tourist was killed in the Arava area north of Eilat Monday morning when he and two friends tried to drive their jeep through a raging river bed, powered by rare heavy rainfall. The roaring stream crushed the vehicle against rocks, and army helicopters manage to rescue two accompanying tourists. It was not known if they are from Israel or from outside the country.

Earlier on Monday, IDF helicopter rescue crews saved three people trapped in two trucks in flash floods in the central Negev and others near Eilat as the torrential but badly needed winter rains head north.

More than one inch of rain fell in Eilat, more than the normal rainfall for several years, and schools were closed throughout the region. Eilat also suffered electricity blackouts....

Nearly two inches of rain flooded Be’er Sheva, where a raging river bed was filled with water for the first time in years.

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1 Comments:

  • yes...so happy your are home safely...and that the rain held off...the weather looked so good in everyone's pictures...Kyle had a great time...it was so good for him to be with you again..spent the evening with a few SP 07 kids and Josh and Meredith's California Reception!!

    By Blogger Beckie Ruggles, at Mon Jan 18, 12:13:00 PM  

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