The threatening clouds have passed away in northeastern part of country

With the improvement of the weather, some 600 residents displaced by flood water this week are back in their homes, the national emergency commission said Thursday.

These are the residents who spent up to four nights in a public shelter. Now they have muddy messes to clean up in their homes and perhaps appliances to replace.

The emergency commission crews are continuing to provide
food and water to the individuals because many of the water sources are contaminated.

Meanwhile, engineers are checking the damage to bridges and roadways. Ruta 32, the key link from San José to the Caribbean still is closed while work crews clean up major landslides. Travelers have to take the route through Turrialba.

Some 27 communities were cut off by landslides, flooding or both. These now have been reached by emergency crews, the commission said.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that a high pressure area has appeared in the Caribbean, so there are winds but not a lot of rain expected for today.

Those involved in cleanup duty in the half dozen cantons in northeastern Costa Rica hope that the good weather holds through the weekend.

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