Lake Kinneret rises past vital point


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Due to heavy rains, Israel’s Lake Kinneret rose past its low red line, the former point of no return.

The lake, also known as the Sea of Galilee, rose more than four inches on Monday after a rainy weekend.

It is nearly 14 feet away from being full, Water Authority spokesman Uri Schor told The Jerusalem Post, but the rise in water level puts the lake at its highest point in a year and a half.

The water level is likely to drop below the low red line again during the summer. The next level down is the black line, beyond which irreversible damage begins to quickly occur.

This has been Israel’s rainiest winter in the past several years, but the Israeli public continues to be urged to conserve water.

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