Rains, mud­slides, an earth­quake and croc­o­diles couldn’t stop love

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS - L.A. Parker Columnist

Le­vit­town, Pa. lovers in Costa Rica felt the earth move un­der their feet and the skies tum­bling down to bor­row lines from a Ca­role King song. Lit­er­ally. Eric Aguilar and Ana Lu­cia’s des­ti­na­tion wed­ding in­cluded tor­ren­tial rains, land­slides, a mi­nor earth­quake and the po­ten­tial for a croc­o­dile or two as they ex­changed vows in Puriscal, a small town about 30 miles south of na­tional cap­i­tal, San Jose.

While hur­ri­canes Irma, Jose, Har­vey and Maria, plus, scorched earth wild­fires in Cal­i­for­nia have dom­i­nated news re­ports, an­other weather event went al­most un­no­ticed.

Trop­i­cal Storm Nate de­liv­ered tor­ren­tial rains which caused loss of lives, trig­gered land­slides and washed away bridges while de­liv­er­ing se­vere dam­age to roads that may need months to re­pair.

At least 25 peo­ple were killed across Costa Rica, Hon­duras and Nicaragua.

In Costa Rica, ap­prox­i­mately 400,000 peo­ple have no run­ning water while many re­treated to shel­ters.

Land­slides have pre­vented ac­cess to many vil­lages.

Over 60 per­cent of Costa Rica land re­gion regis­ters as moun­tain­ous ter­rain. Add two weeks of rain and land­slides oc­cur as ex­pected weather haz­ards.

“Sev­eral roads that lead to the cap­i­tal San Jose have had land­slides. They were closed for sev­eral days,” re­ported Ro­drigo Aguilar, a Tren­ton res­i­dent in Puriscal, Costa Rica for his son Eric’s wed­ding.

Ro­drigo and his wife, Clara, are par­ents of the groom.

“It’s not rain­ing as hard or as much. We’re hav­ing in­ter­mit­tent rain which added to sev­eral more land­slides. We even had a small earth­quake near Cartago that reg­is­tered as a 3.5.”

Mean­while, rivers over­flowed their banks which caused a po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous wildlife is­sue. Of­fi­cials have warned lo­cals about croc­o­diles swim­ming on flooded streets.

Res­i­dents have been warned to avoid stand­ing in water for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time.

“We’ve had lots of rain, floods, land­slides and an earth­quake but the wed­ding was great,” Ro­drigo Aguilar said.

Still, rain on wed­dings al­legedly means good for­tune.

In time the Rock­ies may crum­ble, Gibraltar may tum­ble. They’re only made of clay but per­haps the Aguilars love is here to stay.

(The new­ly­weds did not re­spond to phone calls or text mes­sages.)

L.A. Parker is a Tren­to­nian columnist. Reach him at la­parker@ tren­to­nian.com. Fol­low him on Twit­ter@ la­parker6.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Le­vit­town, Pa. lovers Eric Aguilar and Ana Lu­cia tied the knot dur­ing a “stormy” des­ti­na­tion wed­ding in Costa Rica.

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