Emergency commission outlines its work in Limón

This is the former rail bridge that now connects Matina with Estrada. Photo: Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias

The national emergency commission says it has or will invest 5.9 billion colons in the province of Limón. That is about $11.7 million.

Some 31 percent of the money goes to Matina where, among other improvements, the commission has provided some 40 homes to persons who lived in places in danger of repeated flooding.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias also said it invested to rebuild a connection between Ruta 36 and Bananito Sur and San Clemente.

The commission also said that shortly a new water treatment plant will come online in Limón for the benefit of some 18,000 persons. The plant is designed to purify the water of those living in the area around the site of a major chemical fire several years ago. The plant uses an innovative carbon filtering system, the emergency commission said.

The commission is preparing for the height of the rainy season, and Limón, both the community and the province, always receives damage. To avoid some of the problems, the commission said it is cleaning the drainage canals in Pococí, Matina, Siquirres and Talamanca.

The commission also noted that it has installed a former railroad bridge between the communities of Matina and Estrada. The Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles helped in moving the steel structure some 15 kilometers.

Several other projects still are at the bidding stage, the commission said.

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