Priority repairs in Rio Grande Valley will begin in six weeks
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will restart construction on a 13.4 mile stretch of levee in the Rio Grande Valley. The decision reportedly follows pressure from local residents and politicians to mend the incessant crossing surge.
Priority repairs are set to begin in six weeks to prevent flooding, followed by the establishment of a concrete levee wall fit with safety barriers in six to nine months. The USACE clarified that the wall will not be expanded on and will only repair the Rio Grande flood levee for the time being.
“Wall construction remains paused to extent permitted by law. Per DHS, we’ve started critical work to repair the Rio Grande Valley’s flood levee, which was excavated to make way for border wall. This remediation work will not involve expanding border barrier,” USACE stated on Twitter.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) explained in a statement that repairs will “protect border communities from physical dangers” left in the wake of the construction. The statement claims that “large holes’ were blown into the Rio Grande Valley’s flood barrier system to make way for the wall which, as a result, requires repairing to prevent “catastrophic flooding.”