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Lake Kinneret, also known as the Sea of Galilee, in northern Israel, just south of the Golan Heights.

Israel’s Water Authority had good news on Thursday for those who have been anxiously watching the level of the water at Lake Kinneret, also known as the Sea of Galilee, worried about heading off another drought this summer.

The level of the lake rose above the lower red line earlier this week, and on Thursday the water continued to rise due to the torrential downpours that flooded northern Israel, and spread to the center of the country before heading south to the Negev.

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On Thursday morning, the level of the lake stood at 212 meters and 91.5 centimeters below sea level – four meters and 11.5 centimeters below the upper red line, where the lake is declared “full.”

In northern Israel, the groundwater reservoirs are also reported to be “completely filled,” according to the Water Authority, but the lake still has quite a ways to go before it will be completely filled.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.