Concern diminished over blocked river

The danger of any kind of temporary dam in the Río Sarapiquí appears to have vanished.

The national emergency commission said that a slide that blocked part of the river has been eroded considerably, according to air photos.

The slide took place Aug. 21 near the community of  Ujarrás.  Emergency officials worried that if the slide blocked the river completely, water would build up for possible release as a flood.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias said although conditions have returned to normal, the region still is unstable and those using the river should be alert for impact from heavy rains.

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