Preparing for the Winter

As in former years, the Tel-Aviv-Yafo municipality prepares for the winter. In the past few years, the municipality spent millions of Shekels in order to renew and restore old infrastructure, alongside building new facilities, where needed. These preparations were made in order to decrease flooding across the city, however sudden and violent rain events may still occur, which the drainage system will not be able to fully withstand.


The Tel Aviv Municipality is in the process of preparing for winter:

Pruning trees and branches tend to fall.

Clogging pits and repairing sections of sidewalks and roads that may sink.

Checking the integrity of traffic light systems and highlighting road markings.

Preparation of manholes and pumps.

cleaning Ayalon and Kofar streams and preparing Hayarkon stream for the winter.

Publication of winter guidelines for public institutions

Publication of guidelines for all contractors regarding the preparation required for winter work - strengthening fences of construction sites, and treatment of dangerous structures.

Improving and reinforcing the treatment of Homeless people.

Preparations for evacuating residents and placing containers of accommodation equipment in residential centers.


In case of flooding, residents will be evacuated to municipal centers:


  • Neve Eliezer Community Center, 6 Sheshet Hayamim St., for residents of Kfar Shalem and Yedidya, Ezra and HaArgazim neighborhood 073-3844120
  • Bnei Brit Community Center - Neve Golan, 23 Isaac Harif St., for Jaffa residents 073-384415
  • Community Center, 5 Kalisher St., for residents of the Carmel Market area 03-6583111 (extension 0)
  • Beit Frankfurt Community Center, 23 Kitzis St., for residents of the Hadar Yosef neighborhood 03-6429409


Special projects

Yefet Street
Establishment of an underground drainage line for significant improvement in water transport. The work was carried out with innovative technology, with minimal disruption to residents, businesses and transportation.


Southern Tel Aviv
Establishment of "Movil Ezra", which collects water from the city's southern neighborhoods and drains it into the Ayalon Canal
Excavation of infiltration pits
Routing the water to an underground groundwater reservoir
Establishment of receptors capable of absorbing a large amount of rainwater in a short time.

Maintenance Projects

Cleaning thousands of receptors and opening blockages along 270 km of drainage lines.
Strengthening water carriers (underground pipes for conveying rainwater).
Renewal of rainwater transport lines.
Cutting tree roots that entered the pipes and formed a barrier to the free passage of rainwater.


How to Prepare for the Winter?

  1. Cleaning gutters, roofs and drainpipes of debris
  2. Clean home drainage system in order to reduce the risk of blockage
  3. One should avoid piling litter or pruned branches or foliage on the sidewalk in order to decrease the chance of blocking the cities' stacks.
  4. One should check his/hers electricity system and its connections. Improvised and unauthorized electrical connections and system are highly dangerous and ill advised.
  5. Strengthening of structures and objects that might be affected by strong winds is highly recommended.
  6. Checking roofs and shelters for leaks.
  7. Making sure windows, shutters and covers are in place.
  8. Checking water pumps in underground levels and parking spaces.
  9. Keeping emergency lighting in hands reach.
  10. Making sure trees are firmly standing and can withstand strong winds. In addition, making sure that trees are far enough away from electrical wires. In case of a tree touching or nearly touching a wire, please contact immediately the electric company.


Residents in underground apartments and basement owners:

  • Make sure the sealing of these levels is intact and that the drainage system operates well.
  • You must acquire measures to prevent water from flowing into the underground levels.
  • In case of a flood, it is prohibited going down beneath ground level, into parking lots or basements. If there is no other option, always prefer the stairways over an elevator.
  • During a flood, leave the house immediately and sick a safe place above ground level, where security and rescue forces can locate and assist you.
  • In case of evacuating your house due to a flood:

1. Make sure to close gas valve and shut down the electricity to the apartment.
2. Take with you important documents (I.D, Passport, Insurance, etc.) and prescribrd medications.

Preparing your car for the Winter

Many garages and auto-repairs workshops offer free winter check for your car. More details in the National Road Safety Authority.

Feel free to contact our Municipal hotline at any time, through dialing *9106 or by using the 106+ App.