KKL-JNF to the Rescue at the Height of Storm Alexa

The worst blizzard in twenty-two years hit Israel this weekend. Great quantities of snow left highways blocked, cities besieged and people stranded. Sixty thousand homes had no electricity at the height of the storm, and many people,

By KKL-JNF STAFF
December 18, 2013 10:08
2 minute read.
KKL-JNF to the Rescue at the Height of Storm Alexa

KKL-JNF to the Rescue at the Height of Storm Alexa. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)

 
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KKL-JNF to the Rescue at the Height of Storm Alexa

The worst blizzard in twenty-two years hit Israel this weekend. Great quantities of snow left highways blocked, cities besieged and people stranded. Sixty thousand homes had no electricity at the height of the storm, and many people, especially in Jerusalem and in northern Israel, were left without means for heating. An unusual amount of rain and hail fell in central and southern Israel, which caused extensive flooding. At the directive of KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler, KKL-JNF assisted rescue teams all over Israel and publicized warnings not to enter the forests due to the danger of falling trees.

For 48 hours during the storm, scores of KKL-JNF vehicles were at work in northern and central Israel assisting in rescue operations and in opening roads. Among the vehicles were ATVs, fire trucks—including 2 KKL-JNF Unimog fire trucks,—and graders, contributed by Friends of KKL-JNF worldwide.

On Friday in Northern Israel, KKL-JNF assisted in rescuing a bus full of passengers that was stuck in the vicinity of Meron for more than six hours. As requested by the Police, a KKL-JNF team led by Yiftah Harhol, KKL-JNF Northern Region Director, helped rescue the bus and several cars that needed assistance using a grader and a special fire truck with capabilities for the most difficult terrain. After a few hours the road was open, and the motor vehicles had been safely rescued.

In the Jerusalem vicinity, in coordination with the Jerusalem District Police, a KKL-JNF team went with heavy engineering equipment to open the snowy roads in the area of the Matte Yehuda Regional Council.

KKL-JNF teams assisted in the opening of roads to the besieged cities of Tzfat and Ariel, and in the opening of scores of roads for security forces and for the Israel Electric Company (IEC) in the Jerusalem Hills region and in the Upper Galilee. A KKL-JNF team from central Israel also assisted in opening the roads to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital.

Ariel mayor Eliyahu Shaviro expressed his heartfelt gratitude to KKL-JNF on behalf of his city in Israel's Maariv: "KKL-JNF staff worked around the clock, for 24 hours a day, with the assistance of their heavy duty vehicles which they transported here especially.
"Luckily, we were able to reach all houses in Ariel thanks to KKL-JNF's 4x4 vehicles, and provide assistance to residents. It is important for me to emphasize that the initial assistance that we received from KKL-JNF was the most crucial to us in those difficult hours that we experienced here."

Read more about KKL-JNF operations during Storm Alexa

For further information, comments or permission please contact
Ahuva Bar-Lev
KKL-JNF – Information and Publications
Email: ahuvab@kkl.org.il
Phone: 972-2-6583354 Fax:972-2-6583493
www.kkl.org.il/eng



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