US Mexico Border Wall Falls As of High Wind Blows
Newly installed panels from the US Mexico border wall falls over in powerful winds Wednesday, landing on trees on the Mexican side of the border.
A portion of the recently installed Donald Trump’s border wall, which was a part of an ongoing project to improve existing parts of the wall in Calexico, blew over from gusty winds in California.
Agent Carlos Pitones of the Customs and Border Protection sector in El Centro, California, reported that the sections that gave way had recently been set in a new concrete foundation in Calexico, California.
The concrete had not yet fortified, according to Pitones, and the wall panels were too weak to withstand the windy conditions.
“We are grateful there was no property damage or injuries,” Pitones said.
The US Mexico steel bollard panels, at 30 feet tall, had just been anchored in concrete, which is the border wall between the two areas, falls on the trees when the gusts beat them down late in the morning.
According to the National Weather Service, the area reported gusts around 20 to 30 mph around that time.
US Mexico Border Wall in California
The National Weather Service reports that winds in the area gusted as high as 37 mph Wednesday. Video from CBS shows the metal panels leaning against trees nearby to a Mexicali, Mexico, street as the wind beats up dirt from the construction site on the other side of the border.
The failure occurred at a point between the west and east gates of entry, in a congested area of Mexicali. The US-Mexico panel falls onto a road that parallels the border wall. No one was injured and no property was damaged, authorities announced.
“Luckily, Mexican authorities responded quickly and were able to divert traffic from the nearby street,” said Border Patrol Agent Carlos Pitones.
“The border wall system is imperative to securing the border and is what border patrol agents have asked for and need to maintain operational control of the southern border,” It’s reported.
Wall Falls, Not the first time!
U.S. Customs and Border Protection were working to retrieve the panels from Mexico and reinstall them. Authorities would not specify the number of the Mexico border wall falls, saying only it was “several.”
“CBP will work with the construction contractor to mitigate the impact of high winds as construction continues,” Pitones stated.
The project is part of a work to replace 11 miles of border barrier in the area. They’re trying to make it similar to what has been installed in San Diego. The wall is constructed of steel bollards filled with concrete and rebar, then topped with metal plates.
At the beginning of this month, the government announced that the wall had reached the 100-mile mark.
The majority of which was replacing barriers with newer, enhanced designs, and around half a mile was constructed in the Rio Grande Valley where no wall previously existed.
The White House has pushed for construction on the US-Mexico border to be dubbed new wall, according to a former administration official.
There was a “constant drumbeat” from the White House to call it “new wall” within the Department of Homeland Security, the official continued. “There is a lot of pressure on the President to deliver in the campaign promise.”
Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan has previously stated he feels “no pressure from the administration to build more miles of wall.”
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