Rising rivers and more rain keep emergency officials on edge

The Caribbean coast was getting the brunt of storms generated by a low pressure system Wednesday night, said the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional. In a 7 p.m. bulletin, the weather service said that rivers were rising along the Caribbean coast, in the north Pacific coast and in the northern zone.

A forecast said that rain is likely to continue through today. The heaviest is likely to be in the northern Pacific, the northern part of the Caribbean coast and the northern zone, said the weather institute.

That was not good news for those still in public shelters. The national emergency commission said that five such shelters were in operation in the northern zone housing some 160 persons.

In Upala in the northern zone weather conditions worsened and some 125 persons had to be housed in shelters as a preventative measure, said the commission.
The commission continued a low-level alert for Upala, Guatuso, Los Chiles and San Carlos. The commission also said that some problems were developing in the central Pacific in the Parrita area and also around Tarrazú in the southern part of the Central Valley.

San José had a light rain that began in the evening and continued through midnight. There have been rainstorms every day since Friday.

Also Wednesday, officials met with 52 of the 55 families that are losing their homes on Calle Lajas in Escazú. This is the location where a landslide killed more than 20 persons last November when ground gave way under rain from Tropical Storm Tomas. the residents who remained have been ordered to leave because of the continuing danger.

The central government has allocated a billion colons, some $2 million, to help the families. A few residents are fighting the eviction order. Private groups in Escazú also have raised funds to help the surviving families.

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