Nation continues to battle the results of rainy season weather

The weather institute’s prediction that the weather patterns would return to normal conditions and that the atmosphere would become stable appears to have been in error.

Although rains appears to lessen on the Pacific coast, much of the Central Valley got from 1.5 to 2 inches of rain Wednesday. And the steady rains lasted into the early morning hours.

Some automatic stations in the north Pacific reported no rain since 7 a.m. Wednesday. But Juan Santamaría airport in Alajuela reported 46 millimeters since 7 a.m., about 1.8 inches. A station in Guápiles reported 43.8, about 1.7 inches.

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, the road agency, said that there were five road closures in the Nicoya peninsula. There were eight roads with problems in the Central valley, and three of the roads had been closed.

Ruta 34 on the central Pacific was closed because the road caved in some 2.5 kilometers north of the Río Tárcoles.

The Interamericana Sur was closed in the vicinity of Río Claro near Golfito.

There was still an alert in force for the north and central
Pacific coasts. The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias said that there were slides in the southern part of the Central Valley and there were continued problems on the peninsula.

There were more than 100 persons in shelters due to flooding.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that the atmosphere would continue to be unstable due to the inflow of humidity. Rain was expected throughout the day with perhaps thunderstorms.

The emergency commission had its geologists in the field keeping an eye on police sites for landslides, mainly in the western part of the Central Valley.

The Cruz Roja said its teams were working, too. There was a report of a slide on Ruta 21 between Nicoya and Santa Cruz to which Cruz Roja workers responded.

The agency also was involved with flooding in Nosara, Nandayure, Filadelfia and Santa Cruz.

The low pressure area that caused much of the problem was in the Pacific. It became a tropical depression, No.12 for the Pacific this year, and moved over southern México. It was reported to be weakening.

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