Prolonged rains flooded at least nine neighborhoods in Limón and Sarapiquí. - Expat Community

Prolonged rains flooded at least nine neighborhoods in Limón and Sarapiquí.

Feb 21, 2024 | Costa Rica, News & Articles | 0 comments

Effects of the cold front will prevail this Wednesday.

By Hugo Solano C. February 21, 2024, 10:48 a.m.

Persistent rains during Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning caused floods in several neighborhoods, such as Envaco, Limoncito La Colina, Juan Pablo II, and Atlántida in Limón.

According to the National Emergency Commission (CNE), nine incidents of flooding affected roads, houses, and paths due to river overflow and the collapse of drains.

The road connecting Limón to San José through the Zurquí hill (route N.°32) has been closed since last night due to constant landslides on the road and will remain so due to the inclement weather in that region.
Alejandro Picado, director of the CNE, pointed out that the most affected regions are Limón, Sarapiquí, Siquirres, and Matina, as well as the northern zone. For now, the impact is minimal, and emergency response teams such as the Red Cross and firefighters report no major incidents.

The Aguas Zarcas River, where destructive avalanches were recorded last year, is swollen, so it is being closely monitored.

Persistent cloudiness in the Caribbean and the Northern Zone causes variable rains and drizzles in Sixaola, Cahuita, San Carlos, Braulio Carrillo National Park, Ciudad Quesada, Sarapiquí, Talamanca, Limón, the northeast of Heredia, Cartago, Turrialba, and some areas of San José.

According to the National Meteorological Institute, cold front No. 18 and a high moisture content in the atmosphere favor the development of rains of varying intensity that will continue during the morning and afternoon of this Wednesday.

In addition, high atmospheric pressure levels favor accelerated trade winds with strong gusts in the North Pacific, the Central Valley, and the mountainous regions of the country. Maximum gusts were recorded in La Cruz and Bagaces, reaching up to 107 km/h, while in the Central Valley, they have ranged between 40 and 60 km/h.

During this Wednesday, a windy pattern will be maintained in the country, and it is expected that windy conditions will vary in intensity on Thursday when the influence of the cold front is expected to cease, but moderate trade winds will continue.

-News from the newspaper La Nacion-

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