Army Corps of Engineers resumes border wall levee work on Rio Grande
Source: The Hill
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has resumed construction on 13.4 miles of levee in the Rio Grande Valley that had been left unfinished after President Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office pausing construction on the southern border.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced last month that it was taking steps to repair the Rio Grande Valley's flood barrier system after the Trump administration made holes in the structure to make way for the border wall.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed in a statement to The Hill that the construction has officially resumed.
"In support of CBP's border infrastructure program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has resumed DHS-funded design and construction support on approximately 13.4 miles of levee in the Rio Grande Valley that were partially excavated or at various levels of construction when work on the wall was paused for review," Maj. Grace Geiger, deputy director of public affairs at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said in a statement.
The Corps of Engineers said in a statement that the work would not involve work on the border wall itself, which was paused by the administration.
"Wall construction remains paused to extent permitted by law," Geiger said. "This remediation work will not involve expanding border barrier."
The floor barrier system, according to DHS, provided protection from catastrophic flooding to low-lying regions of Hidalgo County, Texas. The breaches reportedly threatened local communities.
The department in April said it "will start work to quickly repair the flood barrier system to protect border communities," adding, "This work will not involve expanding the border barrier."
Officials in South Texas, according to ValleyCentral.com, were becoming increasingly concerned about the breaches in the levee system as hurricane season approached.
According to the outlet, there are at least four breaches in the flood barrier system.