New Section of Trump’s Border Wall Gets Blown Over By Wind, Falls Into Mexico Side
A newly built section of President Donald Trump’s border wall got blown over by high winds on Wednesday, and fell onto the Mexican side of the border.
According to several reports, the fallen installed panels were part of a larger project in the area to improve existing portions of the border wall that separates the U.S. and Mexico.
Agent Carlos Pitones of the Customs and Border Protection sector in El Centro, California told CNN that the newly constructed section was unable to fare windy conditions.
“We are grateful there was no property damage or injuries,” Pitones added.
Ralph DeSio, a spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection told Newsweek the collapse was an “uncommon event,” and clarified that construction was ongoing.
A video shared by KYMA shows the brown panels falling over onto a line of trees situated close to the structure on Mexico’s side, and adjacent to a street in Mexicali. CBP officials said the incident caused authorities in Mexico to divert traffic away from the vicinity pending reconstruction. Pitones declined to give an indication as to how long it would take to clean up the area and fix the fallen wall section.
According to the National Weather Service, winds reached high speeds of 37mph on Wednesday.
Local Mexicali officials did divert traffic, CBP officials state.
The agency plans to work with the Mexican government to figure out the best next steps for the section.
Pitones said it is currently unknown how long the construction work in the area will be suspended to allow for cleanup.
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