Flooded street Tel Aviv 311.
(photo credit: JOANNA PARASZCZUK)
Anyone who has been in Israel during a downpour knows the drill. The clouds open
up and within minutes the city streets are covered in ankle-deep water that
remains long after the rain stops, and crossing the street becomes a water
Though it appears that the city of Tel Aviv has a severe paucity
of storm drains, the Tel Aviv Municipality said Wednesday that they have
undertaken a wide range of renovations to the city’s water drainage
“The Tel Aviv Municipality is prepared for the winter, in
addition to strengthening the city’s channeling system, the municipality is
working to strengthen a number of systems, including urban channels, clearing of
drainage paths to the sea, local improvements in the channeling system, setting
up receptors and improving drainage ramps to improve the city’s drainage
The statement also said that in recent years the city has
carried out a “massive rehabilitation” of the drainage and sewage system across
the city, as well as widening the channeling system meant to handle rainfall,
projects that required an investment of millions of shekels.”
owing to the heavy coverage given by the Israeli media to the washed out streets
of several Tel Aviv neighborhoods, the municipality seemed committed to offering
some perspective to the challenge rain poses to the “Start-Up Nation’s” hi-tech
economic and cultural center.
“It is worth remembering that the storm let
loose nearly 50mm of rain over the span of an hour-and-a-half, at the same time
that the city drainage system was not prepared to deal with such an out of the
ordinary level of rain in such a short amount of time.
“Like other city
channeling systems in the world, Tel Aviv’s city canal system is equipped to
handle a certain average amount of water. In cases where there is a downpour of
a very large amount of rain in a short period of time, the drainage actions take
a longer period of time.”
The flooding in Tel Aviv came two days after
heavy rain left Modi’in’s Azrieli mall as Israel’s only indoor water
The inclement weather is expected to continue in the coming days.