While Hurricane Hanna was hurtling through South Texas over the weekend, the video of the border fence toppling was widespread and attributed to the winds of the storm, but US authorities said it did not.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the video was from June when high winds caused parts of the border wall to fall near Deming, New Mexico, and not the result of the hurricane.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said they were not aware of any border barriers created by Hurricane Hanna in the Rio Grande Valley over the weekend. The Border Protection Agency suspected the June video was in New Mexico, which the US Army has confirmed.
“The video shared on social media appears to be from June 2020 when high winds caused several pending additional anchoring panels to topple over at a construction site near Deming, New Mexico,” it said in a statement from CBP.
The border fence project was funded by the Department of Defense, CBP said.
Building a border wall was one of President Donald Trump’s key campaign promises. At his rallies, Trump said Mexico would pay for the wall, but it wasn’t. Instead, the project is expected to cost US taxpayers billions of dollars.
In January, KYMA reported that several newly installed panels of the border wall fell over in strong winds and landed on the Mexican side. CBP told the station that the given away sections had recently been laid into a new concrete foundation in Calexico, Calif. And that it had not yet cured, causing the panels to fall.
Although the structure has been described by Trump as “virtually impenetrable,” the Washington Post reported that smugglers had cut through new sections of the border wall.
Another section of the border wall in South Texas, which was being built along the banks of the Rio Grande with private funds, threatened to fall, ProPublica reported. The 3-mile section of the border fence right on the bank of the river that separates the US and Mexico showed signs of runoff erosion. Engineers and hydrologists told the news agency it should never have been built so close to the river.