Rainfall statistics in San Jose appear to have set a new record for the month of May. In Guanacaste the rains have been plentiful, if spotty at times. It seems that those of us closer to the coast have been getting more than our share.
Overall, it has been great news for our province after three years of drought that left us high and dry, with projects on hold and vicious infighting over water rights. Both individuals and businesses were forced to shell out hard cash for water trucked in from afar.
But in spite of the collective sigh of relief with the onset of the rains, dark clouds poked a few holes in the silver lining. Cars were swept into the river in Santa Cruz due to a delay in finishing the bridge. Flash flooding played havoc with a number of communities. Mudslides blocked roads in the mountains around Arenal. The road to Playa Langosta currently looks like a promising site for tilapia production. My phone is ringing off the hook with calls from people whose homes are threatened by erosion, the inevitable effect of too much water, too fast, falling on unprotected soil or sloping banks. As far as the end of the drought goes, “be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.”