Weather situation improves, but some problems remain

The weather forecast for today calls for isolated showers over much of the country, but not the kind of rain that has flooded Guanacaste and southern Costa Rica.

The national emergency commission said that Guanacaste was returning to normal and that the rivers there were back in their banks. In nearly all cases once-isolated communities are being reached with emergency supplies because the roads are again open.

The big concern is a landslide that blocked the Río Claro near Golfito. Emergency commission workers fear that water will build up behind the slide and eventually break through the natural dam to do damage in communities some 15 kilometers (about 9 miles) below.

The ríos Claro and Corredores were a problem for two weeks and some 82 persons from flooded communities were said to still be in shelters in that area.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias said that experts will overfly the natural dam to estimate the danger. They also will check out major slides in the Central Valley, the agency said.

Hurricane Rina is threatening Mexico’s Yucatan, but the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said it had little influence now on Costa Rica’s weather. The storm’s track is expected to turn slightly to the east, and residents in Florida are bracing for its arrival. Frontier Airlines said passengers with tickets this week to Yucatan resorts could
change their reservation without charge.

A low pressure area is in the Caribbean just north of Venezuela. This may bring cloudy conditions and more rain to the country over the weekend or next week.

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said that 35 routes still were closed, as was the Interamericana Norte near San Ramón. However, workers managed to open the Interamericana Sur at Casa Mata where the roadway fell into an adjacent ravine. Some 64 routes are restricted in some fashion. The problems mainly are flooding, landslides and collapsed roadways. Some 249 roadways where they had been problems have been returned to normal, said the Consejo.

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