Mexican authorities helped California officials restore order after powerful winds brought down part of the border wall between the United States and Mexico on Jan. 29.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed a section of border fencing, which was still under construction, collapsed after being hit by strong winds at Calexico, 117 miles east of San Diego.
The U.S. National Weather Service measured gusts of up to 30 mph late in the morning when the 30 foot tall steel panels toppled onto a nearby street in Mexicali, which is on the other side of the border.
“Luckily, Mexican authorities responded quickly and were able to divert traffic from the nearby street,” CBP Border Patrol Agent Carlos Pitones said according to the Los Angeles Times.
A quick inspection of the panels revealed the concrete was not completely dry when the wild weather arrived and the contracted builder has begun working with authorities to repair the damage and prevent a repeat incident.
“CBP will work with the construction contractor to mitigate the impact of high winds as construction continues,” Pitones said.
The paper reported there was no damage to nearby property or any injuries reported as a result of the collapse.
President Donald Trump ordered construction of the wall to deter illegal aliens from making the dangerous journey across the border, which spans 1,954 miles across the southern end of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
The president posted a variety of photos to social media that showed progress on panel placement, lower retaining wall foundation forming, burlap lining trench wall erecting, and rebar cage fitting work at different locations in New Mexico.
“Great photos from a southern border wall briefing with Secretary of Defense Mark [Esper,]” he said on Twitter.
The BBC speculated the high speed of the work could have contributed to the collapse since the president had indicated the border wall was “going up at record speed.”
The Trump administration previously confirmed about 100 miles of new wall had already been built, including the replacement of old existing structures. President Trump had promised the design of concrete and steel slats would be “virtually impenetrable” once the concrete had completely set according to the BBC.
The president has relentlessly tried to secure funding for the wall after the Democratic Party repeatedly tried to block his requests during the 35-day government shutdown, declaration of a national emergency, and proposal to use some federal funds from the Pentagon.
An appeals court finally removed legal barriers to using $3.6 billion in defense funds to build the border wall earlier in January.