Coordinated efforts between ZAKA rescue volunteers, and police and fire personnel, located a girl swept away Friday morning in Modi'in Creek near Modi'in Illit.
Rescue teams said the girl was evacuated by helicopter to a nearby area, where they carried out resuscitation before evacuating her to Hadassah Ein-Kerem Hospital near Jerusalem.
Dr. Yechiel Lynn, a volunteer physician with ZAKA, told Arutz Sheva emergency personnel were able to restart the girl's cardio-pulmonary function. She is said to be in critical condition.
Those who wish to pray for her full recovery should pray for Yael bat Elisheva.
Samaria-Judea District Police said the girl went for a walk with her father on a sidewalk next to the surging creek. According to the father she slipped, was caught up in the torrent, and swept away without a trace. He immediately ran to call for assistance.
Mayor of Modi'in Illit, Yair Kirschenbaum, blamed the Department of Public Works, which is responsible for the city's overflow system: "They need to ensure better water breaks and overflow drainage for heavy rains."
Emergency personnel and security forces have been hard pressed due to severe weather across the country. Some public transportation in Jerusalem was disabled.
Additionally, the Jerusalem municipality announced Friday morning a series of school closures and the controlled release of students from their studies.
In Gush Etzion and Mevasseret Zion, as well as in Tzfat and the Golan Heights there was no school today.
Photos from the scene: Photo By: Yochai Brand - News 24