Trump border wall in Arizona damaged by heavy flooding

Douglas, Arizona – Maybe Mexico will pay for repairs?

The Trump border wall system near Douglas, Arizona, before flooding destroyed sections of the fencing.
The Trump border wall system near Douglas, Arizona, before flooding destroyed sections of the fencing.  © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

Severe weather in southern Arizona appears to have damaged parts of the border wall erected by the Trump Administration.

The Tucson Sentinel reports that US Customs and Border Protection agents have confirmed "historic" flooding at the nation's border with Mexico is to blame for the destruction.

That appears to include several wide-open metal gates separated from their hinges and in some cases, stuck in mud and detritus.

Monsoons have sent thousands of gallons of floodwater into the area in recent days, threatening to break a record for rainfall that has stood since 1964.

Gizmodo reports that the seemingly heavy damage to the multibillion-dollar border wall took place at the San Bernardino Ranch, which rests between Douglas, Arizona, and the San Bernardino Wildlife Refuge.

During his campaign for the White House, former president Donald Trump vowed that he would build a mighty wall, which would be paid for by Mexico.

"Nobody builds walls better than me, believe me," he said in June 2015. "And I'll build them very inexpensively."

Funding for the parts of the border wall Trump was able to get built before leaving office in January came from federal monies that included billions of dollars from the Department of Defense.

Kate Scott of the Madrean Archipelago Wildlife Center described the damaged gates as being in a state of "disrepair" alongside a photo she posted on Twitter.

Jose Manuel Perez Cantu, director of the nonprofit Cuenca de Los Ojos, told Gizmodo that he knows of six gates at a single location that had been destroyed by flooding.

Cover photo: IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

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