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Heavy Rains Flood Roads in Israel; Jerusalem Railway Affected

The first snow of the season in Israel fell this morning in Galilee to add to the woes of a population buffeted by incessant rain for the past week.

Rain and gales lashed central Israel for the past 24 hours, flooding almost all roads leading from Tel Aviv to the south and east. The railway to Jerusalem also was flooded. Deputy Premier Abba Eban was forced to use a helicopter from Ramleh to Jerusalem to be on time to extend a formal farewell to departing Congolese President Joseph Kasavubu.

Desert gullies in the Negev again were flooded and the Beersheba bridges were again washed away. Only a trickle of heavy trucks were able to go on to the southern Negev. Eilat, Israel’s southern most port and Arad were cut off for several hours.