ICE warns of possible flooding along banks of Reventazón as a result of hydro dam maintenance

The dam at the Cachi Hydroelectric Plant (archive image/Wikipedia)

The dam at the Cachi Hydroelectric Plant (archive image/Wikipedia)

August 28th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) is warning tourists and residents of possible flooding along the banks of the Reventazón River downstream of the Cachi and Angostura hydroelectric dams as the result of maintenance work at the installations that will begin tonight and continue through August 31st.

 

ICE said the flooding could be similar to that which can occur after heavy rains.  Both of the hydroelectric facilities are located in Cartago.

 

The Reventazón River is 145km long and drains into the Caribbean Sea.  The river provides 25% of the drinking water for the San Jose metro area.

 

The Cachi and Angostura hydroelectric facilities generate a significant share of Costa Rica’s electricity.

 

The Reventazón River is also important for tourism, especially whitewater rafting.

 

An apparent explosion at the Cachi facility left four workers hospitalized earlier this month.

 

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