Nearly a week after one of the most devastating winter storms to strike
Jerusalem in decades largely incapacitated the capital, the municipality and
police said Wednesday the city should be fully operational no later than
While some city residents remain without power, police
spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that the Israel Electric Corporation is actively
coordinating with the municipality to restore electricity to remote homes once
surrounded by snow and ice.
“We hope to have electricity back to normal
in badly damaged areas very shortly,” he said.
Rosenfeld added that all
roads and highways to and within Jerusalem have been reopened, Egged buses are
functioning on a regular schedule, and with the exception of east Jerusalem’s
Pisgat Ze’ev stop, the light rail has normalized operations.
should be fully functional within 24 hours,” he said.
Nir Barkat said in a statement Wednesday that the municipality continues to be
fully engaged around the clock to restore the city to normalcy as soon as
“The municipality is currently engaged with all elected
officials, city managers and employees to respond to the plight of all residents
and return the city to normal,” the statement read.
dissatisfaction among residents about the city’s lack of preparedness for the
unusual blizzard, the statement added that the mayor intends to oversee a
comprehensive report delineating lessons learned from shortcomings in dealing
with the storm.
“The municipality is dedicated to drawing professional
lessons in order to improve and streamline various processes in the future,
together with all the relevant parties involved,” it stated.
statement added that the municipality will publish its findings after the
capital is fully recovered, and will answer all questions from the public at
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