Again: Major flooding in Ashkelon

A month after experiencing severe flooding following heavy rains, Ashkelon once again in the eye of the storm.

Cynthia Blank ,

Flooding in Ashkelon
Flooding in Ashkelon
Edi Israel/Flash90

Over 40 millimeters of heavy rain have fallen in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon on Thursday morning causing major flooding throughout the city.

The latest storm comes just over a month after Ashkelon was hit with severe flooding and structural damage after heavy rains in the city. 

Numerous homes were flooded on Thursday, leaving residents stranded on the street. Water even seeped into Barzilai Hospital; hospital staff are dealing with the situation and medical services continue as normal. 

The Yehezkel and Neve Dekalim schools along with several kindergartens were also flooded but reportedly have not been evacuated.  

The Ashkelon municipality's dispatch center confirmed that a number of kindergartens and schools were flooded, but said the situation is under control. 

"There is flooding on Naama Street in the city's southern industrial area, and we are concentrating most of our efforts there," it reported. "Teams are already there taking care of the flooding. We blocked off Bialik and Tayasim streets so drivers won't go there and get stuck."

The municipality has also reportedly opened an emergency situation room to provide an "immediate response to all inquiries from residents."

The rainfall which began along the southern coastal plain on Thursday morning has moved northward to Israel's central and northern districts. Thunderstorms are predicted and have already hit the Gush Dan area. 



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