Work crews are racing against the clouds

Like many governmental subdivisions, the Municipalidad de Desamparados is working hard to be ready for the rainy season.

Work crews have been cleaning rivers and ditches since the first of the year. They also have been maintaining retaining walls and draining channels, particularly in the district of  San Juan de Dios, officials said.

This is dirty work but crucial to prevent flooding. Owners of homes in other communities that have been inundated in the last two weeks blamed runoff channels stuffed with trash. The garbage accumulates during the dry season and blocks storm sewers and other draining systems when the heavy rains begin.

Weather experts say that the period of transition has arrived, and that the usual cycle of hot, humid mornings following by heavy afternoon rains is approaching.

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