Torrential Rains Hit Israel

JERUSALEM, Jan. 20 (UPI) — Torrential rains swept through northern Israel Wednesday flooding homes, streets, bridges and railway lines, authorities said.

Pressure from the fast-flowing water blew off concrete sewer covers in Haifa, creating little geysers in the streets, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The rains delayed train service between Haifa and Narahiya with only one southbound rail line operational from the Hof Hacarmel Station.

Two supporting walls collapsed on Haifa streets but no one was injured.

Some homeowners reported water as high as 15 inches inside their homes.

On Mount Hermon, snow was expected to continue for several days.

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