Heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding have created obstacles for Jewish families in South Florida looking to return home for Passover. The annual holiday, which begins on the evening of April 19th and lasts for eight days, is a time for Jewish families to gather and celebrate their heritage.
However, the recent weather has complicated travel plans for many. In particular, the flooding has made it difficult for people to reach their homes, as well as synagogues and other communal gathering places.
One woman interviewed by the Sun Sentinel described her journey home as a “nightmare,” with roads closed and traffic at a standstill. Others reported having to cancel or delay their Passover plans altogether.
Local officials are urging residents to stay off the roads if possible and to exercise caution when traveling in flooded areas. The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for several counties in the region.
Despite the challenges, many Jewish families remain determined to celebrate Passover together. Some are opting to stay in hotels or with friends and relatives who live closer to their intended destinations.
The flooding serves as a reminder of the importance of being prepared for unexpected weather events, especially during times of celebration and travel. As always, safety should be the top priority.