ALAJUELA, September 18th, 2012 – Homes completely destroyed, and families left with nothing more than the shirts on their backs. This is the reality for some 50 people in Barrio el Arroyo, in Alajuela, where heavy rains on Sunday have left them homeless.
Heavy rains began around 3:00 p.m on Sunday, and by 5:00 p.m., people began to realize that their houses were filling up with water.
Residents say that the flood came as a sudden rush of water.
“All of these days there has been a lot of rain, but things have flowed normally, I had never seen a river like this in my house before. Now I have nothing left to do, but move forward with my children and grandchildren, “ said Felicia Araya, a resident whose home was flooded.
Although the National Emergency Commission and the Municipality of Alajuela gave orders to refrain from entering the homes, some have returned to see what, if anything, they can recover.
Dinorah Barquero, the mayor in Alajuela, said, ”The Social Aid Institute is currently working to provide economic assistance and a decent homes to all of (those affected in) Alajuela. The preliminary reports indicate that the inhabitants can not remain in these homes as they are completely unstable.”
Authorities also reminded the public that garbage in storm sewers and drainage systems lead to this type of flooding.
Some residents blame the poor condition of culverts in the area.