Heavy rains lash coast and cut the Costanera Sur Pacific highway

Heavy rains overnight cut the the Costanera Sur Pacific coast highway at the community of Ventanas between Uvita and Palmar Norte, said the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad.

The runoff from the rain took out an entire drainage system and destroyed part of the road. The consejo said that one day would be needed to make temporary repairs and another day for complete restoration of the roadway.

The consejo said that the alternate route is the Interamericana Sur. Detours are in pace at Dominical and Palmar Norte, the consejo said. The area endured up to 100 millimeters (nearly 4 inches) of rain Monday night, The national emergency commission said that a shelter was opened in Jericó for residents of a seniors complex. Damage was reported in Las Vueltas, Las Palmas, and Chires in the Quepos area and in Paquita and Cocal in Garabito.

In addition to communities on the central Pacific coast, there was flooding in Santa Cruz on the north Pacific coast, the commissions said.

A shelter was opened to house residents of Río Seco, el Cacao and Paraíso, the commission said.

The Río Bejuco flooded out of its banks and did damage in Nandayure on the Nicoya peninsula. There also were damage repots from Puriscal and Turrubares.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional blamed a low pressure area north of Panamá that caused the heavy downpours. It said this system was soon to interact with the approaching tropical storm, Tomas.

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