9 Jan 2013

Traffic into Tel Aviv stopped by rain

6:48 am on 9 January 2013

Unusually heavy winter rains forced the closure of main access routes to Tel Aviv, causing gridlock in and around Israel's commercial capital on Tuesday.

Traffic was backed up for hours as highways into Tel Aviv were flooded.

Rail operators asked commuters to avoid stations in the city and train schedules were disrupted.

Mayor Ron Huldai told Army Radio that municipal teams were on hand to rescue anyone stranded by the floods, the likes of which last occurred in 2000.

The storms were forecast to continue on Wednesday, with snowfall expected in Jerusalem.