Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat announced Wednesday in the Knesset's Finance Committee that the damage of December's winter storm is estimated at NIS 290 million ($83 million).
Barkat said the city expects the government to help out, putting Jerusalem back financially where it was before the storm. "The city experienced a mini-tsunami that caused massive damage," he said. "We have to makes sure that the damage doesn't fall on the residents' backs." (Noam 'Dabul' Dvir)