Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Limon Province Flooding

The U.S. Embassy in San Jose alerts U.S. citizens living or traveling in Costa Rica of heavy rain and flooding in the Limon Province and in the areas of Sarapiqui and Turrialba.  At this time Route 32 (San Jose – Limon) and Route 4 (Rio Frio to Puerto Viejo) as well as other roads in the area are closed.  Nine shelters have been set up in Turrialba, Sarapiqui and Matina, and shelters are being prepared in Siquirres as a preventative measure.  For road status and location of shelters, as the situation can change constantly, please consult the transit police website http://www.transito.go.cr/estadorutas/index.html and the Costa Rica National Emergency Commission (Comision Nacional de Emergencias or CNE) website http://www.cne.go.cr.

The CNE reports that a Red alert is in place in Costa Rica’s three-level warning system (green-yellow-red).  The Costa Rica Meteorological Institute (IMN) warns of continuing adverse weather conditions and added impacts may affect Pacific communities.  We advise U.S. citizens to exercise extreme caution while traveling in the region until the waters subside.  Follow local and national media for updates on flooding conditions and transportation routes.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor the situation and will issue updated messages as necessary.  U.S. citizens in affected areas are urged to monitor media reports and follow all official instructions.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Costa Rica enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

U.S. Citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Department of State’s, Bureau of Consular Affairs website (www.travel.state.gov), where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.  The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review the “Traveler’s Checklist,” which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad, and enroll with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.  In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy in San Jose is located at Avenida 0, Calle 120, Rohrmoser, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (telephone number:  2519-2590).  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, outside of business hours, the emergency after-hours number for the U.S. Embassy is 2519-2000.