Alert issued as rains continue to saturate Limón and the northern zone

The national emergency commission has declared a low-level alert for the northern zone and the Caribbean coast because of heavy rainfall.

The agency said that rain has been falling since Tuesday and the ground is saturated. The rains may continue through Saturday, said the agency, the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional did predict more rain today for that section of the country. Some rain may also fall in the southern Pacific, it said.

A low-level alert basically means to keep watch, although it does generate some internal activity with local emergency committees and workers for the national agency.

The weather institut inches) fell in Limón Centro Thursday. Pococi got 126.4 millimeters (nearly 5.5 inches) Wednesday, and Guácimo got 125.3 millimeters (nearly five inches) Wednesday and 79.4 millimeters (a bit more than three inches) Thursday. The data is from the institute’s automatic weather stations.

The rain was accompanied by stiff winds.

The emergency commission said that rivers were flowing out of their banks. They listed the Sarapiquí, Guatil and Guayabo in Turrialba. Also listed was the Río Chirripó en Matina. The ríos Telire and Sixaola in the southern Caribbean were reported rising but not causing flooding at the time of the agency report. There appears to have been less rain in that area.

One family suffered flooding in Pensurth, Limón, the agency said. Another report said that there was flooding in Guácimo because rivers ran out of their banks.

The weather institute was predicting winds of up to 70 kilometers per hour in the Central Valley and the north Pacific. More rain was expected overnight in affected areas.

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