THE Biden Administration is reportedly looking to restart construction on the border wall as a means to help curb growing flooding in the region.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is looking at a 13.4 mile stretch of the wall in the Rio Grande Valley after local residents and politicians have called for a stop to the increased risk of flooding.
Repairs are supposed to start within the next six weeks, Fox News reports, intended to focus on flooding prevention measures.
Within six to nine months, the USACE would then establish a concrete levee wall with additional flood protection.
The corps clarified the wall will not be expanded but will only help prevent flooding within the Rio Grande.
"Wall construction remains paused to extent permitted by law," the USACE stated on Twitter. "This remediation work will not involve expanding border barrier."
"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," it ended.
The Department of Homeland Security said the repairs were meant to "protect border communities from physical dangers."
The department's statement said "large holes" were made into the Rio Grande Valley's flood barrier system for border wall construction.
The holes thus exposed cracks for "catastrophic flooding" and therefore requiring additional repairs.
The work on the wall comes as the country sees an unprecedented surge in migrants.
The news also comes as over 50 people were seen crossing the border through Del Rio, Texas.
Smugglers would supposedly transport children through the river in the morning when the current is low.
Last month 20 undocumented migrants including two minors were found hiding under the boards of a trailer.
The Customs and Border Protection had over 178,000 migrant encounters in April 2021, the highest total in a month in two decades.
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