IMM President Ekrem İmamoğluinformed the public about the snowfall that took the city literally and the work done after it. Expressing that snowfall is especially effective in the districts on the western axis of the city, İmamoğlu said, “Snowfall per square meter in 8 hours was 60 kilograms. We have regions where the snow thickness reaches 80 centimeters. We have reached snow densities exceeding 1 meter on these roads, especially on the northern line, with some accumulations. In our city, a snow thickness between 30-35 cm and 50 cm has formed. I want you to know that we are in the field with our 7 thousand 421 personnel, 1582 vehicles and construction equipment, and 30 rescue cranes and tow trucks, especially for the lifting of large vehicles, and we continue our work. We have 133 thousand 360 tons of salt stock available. Let's share that we have used around 4 thousand tons of salt and around 54 tons of solution in this 21-day period so far.” Emphasizing that they work with the principle of contributing to the work of every institution, organization and district municipality without the concept of "area of responsibility" in Istanbul, İmamoğlu said: Of course we don't even hear it, we don't even see it. Well done to every worker in all public institutions and organizations, including of course the employees of 39 district municipalities that are under the roof of our Metropolitan Municipality, perhaps tens of thousands. Great effort was put into it. An effort to work in synchronization has been put forward. In this sense, I would like to thank both our governorship and our governor," he said.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) President Ekrem İmamoğlumade statements in a live broadcast about the heavy snowfall that started yesterday evening and took the city literally captive. Speaking at the Disaster Coordination Center (AKOM) in Eyüpsultan, İmamoğlu emphasized that they are in joint work with all institutions and organizations in order to minimize the problems of citizens who experience victimization.
“WE REACHED SNOW DENSITY OVER 1 METER”
Pointing out that the snowfall intensified around 21.00 yesterday evening, İmamoğlu said:
“We experienced a very heavy snowfall together. As of 15.00:18.00, the heavy snowfall started in the Arnavutköy and Eyüpsultan regions in the afternoon, and after 60, it showed a very intense effect on the Başakşehir, Esenyurt, Küçükçekmece, Beylikdüzü and Büyükçekmece lines, especially on the western side of Istanbul. According to the information I received from my friends; There are points where it reaches about 60 kilograms in eight hours. In other words, snowfall per square meter is 24 kilograms. I mean it in terms of rain. Normally, when 50 kilograms of rain falls on the ground every 8 hours, it is a very heavy rainfall. We have turned into a region that achieves this with snowfall in 80 hours. We have regions where the snow thickness reaches 1 centimeters. We have reached snow densities exceeding 30 meter on these roads, especially on the northern line, with some accumulations. In our city, a snow thickness between 35-50 cm and XNUMX cm has formed.
“LET OUR CITIZENS BUY THEIR VEHICLES”
Stating that there are predictions that the snowfall will start again as of 18.00 tonight, İmamoğlu said, “Snowfall will be effective in certain regions, especially. In that respect, we want all our citizens to carefully comply with all warnings, all statements," he said. Reminding the Istanbul Governor's Office's decisions regarding working hours and entering and exiting the city, İmamoğlu said, "We have just talked with our Governor, and our citizens who have left their vehicles on the TEM highway, the Northern Ring Road and the D100, that is, the E5 highway, are also allowed to take their vehicles from these areas. will be done,” he said.
“IMM DOESN'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH STOCK”
Expressing that they are working on an intense profit in this process, İmamoğlu shared the following information:
“I want you to know that we are in the field with our 7 thousand 421 personnel, 1582 vehicles and construction machinery, and 30 rescue cranes and tow trucks, especially for the lifting of large vehicles, and we continue our work. We have 133 thousand 360 tons of salt stock available. Let's share that we have used around 4 thousand tons of salt and around 54 tons of solution in this 21-day period so far. Therefore, let us express to our citizens that the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has no problems with our stock. We have around 150 tractor-type vehicles working for village roads. Let me point out that they also do their work constantly. In our regions such as Silivri, Çatalca, Şile, Sarıyer, Beykoz, we do not have any unopened village roads. Currently, the works continue intensively around Arnavutköy. Let's say that our region that receives the most snow is Arnavutköy. Here, I would like to announce that with our work, there will be no unopened roads during the day. Let's say that especially in Arnavutköy, the vehicles that prevent us from working and stuck on the road extend this period. On the one hand, my friends continue the towing process and on the other hand the process of clearing the roads.”
“WE ARE EASY TO MAKE THE LIFE EASIER FOR ISTANBUL LEADER IN THESE DIFFICULT CONDITIONS”
Pointing out that some issues related to the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and other public institutions are wanted to be brought to the fore, İmamoğlu said, "What we have been trying to do from the first day is to ensure synchronization, with an understanding that contributes to each other's work, not looking out for each other's deficits, but helping the people of Istanbul in this difficult situation. efforts to make life easier. We, as IMM, say, 'TEM, Mahmutbey does not belong to us or this place does not belong to us. To contribute without saying 'Basir Ekspres is not about us'; Likewise, the efforts to minimize the inconvenience as much as possible with the contributions of Highways and other public institutions-organizations have been continued. Of course, there were lines that condensed. Especially the D100 highway is a very busy area. The area with the highest traffic flow. I would like to point out that we are trying for long hours in the direction of Büyükçekmece, Beylikdüzü, Avcılar. But let's express this: As of 24.00 last night, until 03.00-04.00, there was no unopened zone on this line. And we got the whole flow. At the moment, only the opening procedures continue on the route from Beylikdüzü TÜYAP region to Hadımköy toll booths.
“METROBUS SERVICES DID NOT FAIL”
Emphasizing that the most critical issue facing the west of Istanbul is the continuation of the metrobus services all night long, İmamoğlu said, “We kept the uninterrupted metrobus line open in order to transport people to their homes, at the point where people cannot reach or use their vehicles. It has been intense work. I know that there are citizens who were victims of TEM, Mahmutbey and the northern ring road and could not be reached for a long time. And, as you can see in the images, our governor's office made a long effort to reach people and meet their needs, both from the armed forces and other security forces, together with the highway crews, as well as our heroic firefighters," he said.
“WE HAVE NO CLOSED WAYS IN MANY POINTS”
Noting that there has been no loss of life so far, İmamoğlu stated that they continue to work diligently to contribute to the victims. In this context, İmamoğlu stated that they helped citizens reach their homes by keeping the metro services open until 02.00:100, and said, “We do not have closed roads at many points from east to west of Istanbul, from the D152 to the coastal road. Likewise, we do not have a closed road in the main arteries,” he said. Emphasizing that his works and follow-ups will continue throughout the day, İmamoğlu conveyed the information that there is no major problem in the production and shipment of Halk Ekmek. Noting that the shipping problem at the Cebeci factory was resolved in a short time, İmamoğlu said, "Therefore, our citizens will be able to meet their bread needs from our buffets throughout the day." Sharing the information that there was no problem on the side of İSKİ and İGDAŞ, and that there were no water-natural gas cuts, İmamoğlu noted that they did not receive many calls to the 190 line about being stuck on the roads. İmamoğlu said, "Let's state that we received a total of 245 calls, XNUMX of which were yesterday, and that we show maximum interest in returning to each of them."
THANKS TO WORKERS
Emphasizing that they work with the principle of contributing to the work of every institution, organization and district municipality without the concept of "area of responsibility" in Istanbul, İmamoğlu said: Of course we don't even hear it, we don't even see it. I am here again in all public institutions and organizations - even now there are representatives of many public institutions at this table - of course, all workers, including the employees of 39 district municipalities, which are under the roof of our Metropolitan Municipality, maybe even tens of thousands. health to your skin. Great effort was put into it. An effort to work in synchronization has been put forward. In this sense, I would like to thank both our governorship and our governor," he said.
“It will be pleasing to reflect on the dams”
Sharing figures related to work on homeless citizens and street creatures, İmamoğlu emphasized that services within this scope are also maintained uninterruptedly. Pointing out that the pleasing side of snowfall will have positive effects on the water level in the dams and groundwater, İmamoğlu said, “According to our estimations; We hope that the occupancy rate, which is around 54 percent as of today, will rise to much higher than 70 percent with this snowfall. Let's say these are pleasing news for our Istanbul, good news for our region and agriculture. I wish everyone a happy day at home. God bless everyone. I recommend our children to read a lot of books and listen to the words of their elders.
SALT TANK AND PEOPLE'S BREAD VISIT
After the live broadcast, İmamoğlu went to the field and visited the salt warehouse and Halk Ekmek factory in Cebeci and received information from the authorities. İmamoğlu met with the citizens in front of the bread kiosk at the exit of the Halk Ekmek factory. sohbet and listened to their problems.