It has become routine that after the occurrence of rains over Greater Santo Domingo, brigades clean the rivers of the aquatic plants known as lilacs or hyacinths.
Yesterday, a brigade from the Ministry of Public Works and Communications (MOPC) together with members of the Dominican Navy removed the lilacs from the floating bridge that passes over the Ozama River.
Aboard a yola and with sticks in hand, they proceeded to clear the waters of the Ozama of these little plants that also dragged waste, especially plastic.
While these citizens were untangling these bushes, a strong drag of lilacs was observed going down towards the float and this is due to the rains recorded in the last few hours.
Despite the work carried out there, no blockages were recorded and vehicular traffic continued normally, since the bridge was never closed.
Given this scenario, as a way to avoid any mishap, the area was guarded by agents from the General Directorate of Traffic Safety and Land Transportation (Digesett) who were stationed at the corner of Francisco Alberto Caamaño Avenue.
Details about this plant
According to information, water hyacinths usually grow in fresh and polluted waters and belong to the “Pontederiaceae” family.
These bushes abound in the warm regions of South America, in the Amazon basins. However, its flowering, as well as thickness and abundance will depend on humidity and weather conditions.
Some small aquatic animals tend to protect themselves in hyacinths from larger species and avoid being eaten by them. There is a whole ecosystem associated with lilacs.