Historic flooding complicates the journey home for Passover vacationers


April 28, 2023

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People walk through a flooded neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, April 13, 2023.

(JTA) - Zachary Ottenstein didn't expect to bond with his dad over chess and classic rock during his trip home from Florida at the end of Passover.

But when Ottenstein switched his phone on after the holiday ended last night, it blew up: Fort Lauderdale was flooded and flights out of the airport - including their flight to New York - were canceled. The city was underwater after the rainiest day in its history.

He consulted with his dad, Matthew: They had enjoyed their Passover week at a hotel, but they wanted to get home in time for Shabbat the following evening.

"We really didn't fancy sta...

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