Heavy rains caused intense flooding across the country on Friday, leading emergency services to evacuate 25 families in Ahi'ezer via boats. There were no casualties. The Israeli Water Authority said that this is the most powerful downpour since January 2013. "This is a rare flooding event that takes place once in a decade," the authority said. A large sea turtle lost its way due to the floods near Ashkelon and was found on its back by photographer Eddi Israel in a state of extenuation. Israel alerted the Park Authority services and they rescued the animal, which has received medical attention.