There’s plenty of rain, flooding, refugees and road damage

The rain just will not quit. The automatic weather station at Tobias Bolaños airport reported at 2 a.m. that 114.3 millimeters (4.5 inches) of rain had fallen since 7 a.m. Wednesday. That is on top of 52.3 millimeters (2 inches) that fell between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday. Of course, compared to rainfalls of more than 15 inches in Quepos, during the same period, the Pavas totals are not a record.

However, there was flooding in lower spots in the Central Valley, including Los Anonos. There were homes flooded and people forced to seek shelter elsewhere.

The metro area had a break during the afternoon, but rains resumed about 7 p.m. and peaked at 11 p.m.

Tomas, which had returned to tropical storm status, continues to move north and west. Weather experts expect it to make a sharp turn and threaten Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba within the next 48 hours.

It was a combination of Tomas and a low pressure area that generated the heavy rains since Wednesday. Conditions are expected to remain unchanged through Friday, said the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional

The Dirección General de Policia de Tránsito reported a number of road problems. Most are unchanged since an A.M. Costa Rica update at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The agency maintains a Web page that lists road closures.

The Interamericana Norte is open but there are one-lane sections due to road damage and slides. The Interamericana Sur is closed at Kilometer 29 about three kilometers from Pérez Zeledón due to a slide. It also is closed at Térraba at Kilometer 220, at Kilometer 235 between Buenos Aires and Peje and at Kilometer248 at Bergel, all due to slides.

An editor made the trip from La Fortuna to San José at the peak of the storms Wednesday night and arrived about 11:30 p.m. without major incidents.

The Costanera Sur still is closed south of Dominical due to road damage, and there are damaged roads all over the country.

In the canton of Osa, there is a road closure between Puerto Jiménez and Chacarita due to a slide.

The roadway gave way between Quepos and Manuel Antonio earlier Wednesday, and officials said it would take several days to fix it.

Much of the flooding is in places where residents face the problem several times a year. Parrita appears to be the hardest hit with the Río Parrita running out of its banks and around and over dikes designed to control it.

There may be as many as 700 persons in shelters early Thursday due to flooded homes. An exact count was not available.

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