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The articles here were published first Monday, Aug. 20
Flooding along the Tortuguero Canal in northeastern Costa Rica makes what once was dry land navigable. And that was the least of the problems caused by heavy rains Wednesday, Thursday and early Saturday. 

Most waterways were out of their banks with water still rising even after the sun came out strongly Sunday.This scene was at Caño Blanco about midday.

Heavy rains drench several parts of the country
Truck transportation between eastern Costa Rica and the Central Valley remained blocked early today, thanks to at least four landslides on the Braulio Carrillo Highway.

Police promised that the highway would be open later today, but the time was uncertain.

Heavy trucks were backed up for several miles west of the town of Guapiles Sunday afternoon. The landslides were east of the Zurquí Tunnel in mountainous areas where the highway makes its decent from cloud forest to agricultural plains.

Passenger traffic and some heavy trucks adopted an alternate route along Highway 4 from Guapiles through Puerto Viejo through Varablanca to either Heredia or Alajuela. But most heavy trucks stayed on the wider main highway.

The Costa Rican Meteorological Institute said the rain that hit the Central Valley and as far east as Limón was unrelated to Tropical Storm Chantal, which was off the east shore of Mexico last night.

Rains Wednesday night, Thursday and Friday night into Saturday morning caused flooding in Limón, Turrialba and in the Desamparados section of San José. A road was washed out in the extreme southeaster part of the country near Sixaola. In the northeastern part of the country some roads in low areas were flooded and impassible.

Southwest Costa Rica did feel the lash of Chantal whose counterclockwise motion sent rain and 

                 Map courtesy of the Metrological Institute

wind into Guanacaste and further south into the Pacific coast on the mainland.

Lic. Norman Vega of the Meteorological Institute said that the storm was about 700 kms. (420 miltes) east southeast of Chetumal, Mexico, in the Caribbean. Maximum winds were at 110 kms. (66 miles) and these winds were still going to the southwest onto the Pacific coast and into the mountainous zone of the southern Pacific and into Guanacaste. He predicted light to moderate rain, depending on how strong the storm may become. The storm is predicted to become a full-fledged hurricane by midday.

Light rain was predicted to all parts of the country today.

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