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Record-Breaking Rains Pound Costa Rica

Costa Rica, C.A.
Intense rain that destroyed roofs, walls and a dike in the Central Valley and Southern Zone Monday also BROKE NATIONAL RECORDS. In the northern suburb of Tibás, about 80 millimeters of rain fell in one hour, at least 10 centimeters more than the national record. The rest of the San José area as well as the Southern Zone also experienced rain so intense it turned some roads into muddy rivers, damaging homes and infrastructure. In the Southern Zone canton of Corredores, a dike broke, flooding neighborhoods in nearby Ciudad Neilly. Three bridges were also washed away near Ciudad Neilly. About 27 families had to evacuate their homes in the Corazón de Jesús neighborhood of the northwestern San José district of La Uruca. In Tibás, a vehicle was nearly swallowed by a hole in the road as it attempted to make it through thigh-deep water, and residents of one condo in the western suburb of Escazú saw a chunk of their ceiling cave in from the pressure of accumulated water. “The intensity was extremely high, and we also saw a lot of electric activity” in the form of thunder and lightning. There's lots more rain and possibly tropical storms to come in September and October, typically the wettest months of the rainy season.
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