Trump’s Border Wall Will Need To Be Left Open For Months Due To Flash Floods
Monsoon season during the desert’s summer months will require portions of President Donald Trump’s newly-erected border wall to be left wide open to accommodate flash flooding, The Washington Post reported.
Hundreds of storm gates will need to be opened “to prevent flash floods from undermining or knocking it over,” U.S. border officials, agents and engineers told The Post.
Those gates — already in use in older portions of the barrier — are unnmanned and allow smugglers easier access to U.S. soil.
Border Patrol agents must manually open the gates at the beginning of monsoon season and then return to close them at the end of the summer, when the threat of raging riverbeds carrying “massive amounts of water and debris, including sediment, rocks, tree limbs and vegetation” has ended. The isolated areas where the barriers are located prevents access to electricity.
Flooding has been a known issue with barriers in the wide expanse of the desert, but even with the storm gates open, the steel structures work to keep vehicles from crossing the border.
Veteran Border Patrol agents told The Post that erecting new steel barriers in the region is a fool’s errand, and the newspaper noted that outside of high-traffic areas, the government uses “vehicle barriers that are welded from old rail tracks” to keep would-be crossers at bay.
Those barriers can “stop a car or truck from crossing, they allow water and debris — as well as wildlife and people — to pass through.”
Trump’s border wall project is replacing those barriers with the steel bollards.
The White House said this month that it is “preparing to divert an additional $7.2 billion from this year’s Defense Department budget for wall construction, money that will allow the administration to complete nearly 900 miles of new barriers by 2022,” The Post noted.
That plan likely will involve erecting new barriers in mountainous areas where storm runoff is an even bigger problem and even more storm gates will be needed.