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Electric Co. CEO Returns from Vacation as 16,000 Still Without Electricity

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Some 16,000 households are still without electricity, 3 days after the snow storm hit.

At the height of the snow storm, an estimated 60,000 households were without electricity.

While praising the very hard work of Israel Electric Company (IEC) employees in the field who worked around the clock to restore electricity, Israeli citizens are beginning to complain about the apparent lack of preparedness on the part of the government and the Israel Electric Company (IEC) in particular.

Some people still without electricity are wondering when Israel reverted into a third world country.

On Saturday morning, Eli Glickman, the General Manager of the IEC cut his overseas vacation short and returned to Israel.

Meanwhile, residents of Gush Etzion weren’t surprised by the mass blackouts.

“The IEC has not been able to provide us with uninterrupted electricity going on years”, one resident of Efrat told JewishPress.com. “For us here in Gush Etzion, forget snow, a light rain drizzle is enough to knock out the electricity for hours on end.”

Gush Etzion is currently in the middle of a class action suit, one of the first in Israel, against the Israel Electric Company, for their unreliable service to the region.

3.9 Feet of Snow on the Hermon

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

According to the Hermon Mountain website there are 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) of snow on the upper Hermon and 1 meter (3.2 feet) of snow on the lower part of the mountain.

The Kinneret rose 10 centimeters since Wednesday.

Yitzhar and Har Bracha Evacuated (Not a Disengagement)

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Residents of Yitzhar and Har Bracha are currently being evacuated from their homes – not because of another Disengagement, but because there’s no electricity and no heat.

Six buses are transporting the residents to temporary shelter in Petach Tikva.

Jerusalem-TA Train Stuck for 3 Hours

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

The train connecting Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, and the only ground transportation currently connecting the two cities at the moment, has gotten stuck near Lod (which is near Ben Gurion Airport). It’s been stuck there for the past 3 hours (currently 10:50 PM).

Highways 1 and 443 have been shut down due to snow and ice.

Jerusalem Highway and Gush Etzion Shut Down Again

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Highway 1 to Jerusalem was shut down on Saturday evening a mere hour after it was reopened to buses and taxis.

The Ministry of Transportation decided that using the road was too risky because of icing conditions.

The tunnel road connecting Gush Etzion to Jerusalem has been shut down too.

Storm of the Century in Israel Claims 4 Lives

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

The bodies of two youths from the southern Bedouin city of Rahat were discovered Saturday afternoon in Tze’elim River. The bodies were discovered by family members and police who had conducted a search in the area. The two victims had left their home midweek with their 4-wheel-drive vehicle and disappeared.

They bring the count of victims to 4, in the “storm of the century” that spread as far south as the Sinai peninsula and Egypt, covering Cairo in snow for the first time in 100 years.

Earlier today, a 13-month-old infant perished in a fire that started in his Lod home, probably from a faulty electric heater. And last night, a 30-year-old man died falling off the roof of his house after climbing there to repair a leaky pipe.

Three days following the beginning of the storm, many towns in Israel are still under siege due to the heavy snowfall, especially in the Jerusalem mountains and up north. Millions have spent the Shabbat without electricity in temperatures that hovered around 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

The IDF has been utilizing hundreds of heavy bulldozers and armored personnel carriers to clear the highways. The Defense Ministry has transported 35 tons of salt to Jerusalem and Tzfat.

The IDF has delivered thousands of hot meals to residents without electricity.

Jerusalem District police chief Yossi Pariente said today, following a meeting with Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovich, that by Saturday evening all the isolated towns and villages in the region will be reconnected to the highway system. However, Rout 1, between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem remains closed, possibly until Sunday morning.

Weekend Snow Update: Jerusalem Lock-down, Blackouts, and Lots of Snow (+ Photos)

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Jerusalem spent Shabbat in lock-down as the largest snow storm in decades, and perhaps 50 years, hit the country. The main highways to Jerusalem were closed. Thousands of people found themselves stranded on the highway.

Some 35,000 households, including 13,000 in  Jerusalem, as well as 2400 in Tzfat didn’t have electricity for at least part of Shabbat. Gush Etzion, where at least 2 (possibly 3) feet of snow fell,  was without electricity for significant parts of the day, as well as parts of the days before.

The army was called in to assist in helping restore electricity to parts of Jerusalem.

In the Binyamin region, many homes were without electricity and water throughout much of the night. Some of the Settlements found themselves cut off without electricity for 3 days, since the beginning of the storm.

On Saturday night, the main highway into Jerusalem is slowly being reopened to public transportation, and some buses are expected to begin running soon.

The Jerusalem Light Rail is shut down due to damage to the rails from the snow storm, and may reopen on Sunday.

Temperatures are expected to drop tonight to below freezing, increasing the risk of icy roads.

On the positive side, children were having a great time in the massive snow storm.

SNOW IN JERUSALEM

 

SNOW IN JERUSALEM

 

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