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Nosara Under Yellow Alert for Flooding

By Arianna McKinney
Pictures by Marvin Castillo

At around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, yellow alert was declared for flooding in the Nosara area as a result of a low pressure system in the Caribbean Sea that has been causing strong intermittent rains. 

The rains are expected to continue through Thursday and Friday, according to a report from the National Meteorological Institute (IMN).

The IMN recommends extreme vigilance in flooded areas and areas with risk of landslides, particularly in Guanacaste and the Pacific area. 

Carlos Villalobos Espinoza, president of the Red Cross in Nosara, reported that the creek in Esperanza town is overflowing and that low cars cannot pass. One house in Esperanza is also flooded. The house is in an area that tends to flood during strong rains. In addition, the road beyond the Nosara gas station is completely flooded, so access to Nosara is only through the road by the garbage dump. Villalobos said that the road is in good condition so far since not many heavy trucks have been transiting it.

On Wednesday evening, two cars got stuck in the water near the gas station and had to be pulled out, according to Reyner Matarrita Zuñiga, who works at the gas station.  One of the vehicles would no longer start and was left at the gas station. At present the flooded road can only be passed on foot, he said.

 


The difference of high between the river Nosara and the road parallel to airport on Wednesday October 17 was only 3 meters.

   
 
Nosara gas station on Wednesday October 17 at 4 PM

Information about possible landslides in the mountains and hills is not available yet, according to Red Cross.  

The Nosara Emergency Committee is standing by with preparations in place for shelters if necessary. 

Meteorologist Luis Alvarado explained that the El Niño effect that was causing unusually dry weather this year has ended and the second half of October will be the rainiest part of the year. He said the current increase in rain is also due to a monsoon, a humid wind blowing from the Pacific Ocean.

¨Under these new circumstances, the panorama could change 180 degrees, that is to say, pass from droughts to full (water levels).¨

 

 

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