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Sea of Galilee Fullest it’s Been in 16 Years

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JERUSALEM, Israel – Fresh rain is continuing to fill up the Sea of Galilee and today it's the highest it's been in 16 years.

 The Israel Water Authority reported that the water level has been rising at a rate of 2.5 cm per day

 and it rose by about a foot between March 23 and April 14.

Right now, the lake is just 7.3 inches short of the “Upper Red Line.” If it reaches that, authorities may consider opening a dam to prevent flooding.

Israel’s Water Authority predicted last months that they would not need to open the Degania dam in the southern end of the lake unless the region experiences “exceptional” rain in the next weeks.

“The last two years were good, but expected dry periods are forecast for our region and we must prepare for it,” the authority’s director, Giora Shaham told Haaretz.

This winter saw an unusual amount of rain and more is expected.

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Emily Jones is a multi-media journalist for CBN News in Jerusalem. Before she moved to the Middle East in 2019, she spent years regularly traveling to the region to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, meet with government officials, and raise awareness about Christian persecution. During her college years, Emily served as president of Regent University's Christians United for Israel chapter and spoke alongside world leaders at numerous conferences and events. She is an active member of the Philos Project, an organization that seeks to promote positive Christian engagement with the Middle