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- This video is from June and shows wind gusts knocking over sections of barriers under construction in New Mexico.
The wind’s blowing hard in a video on Facebook that shows sections of a barrier falling in front of groups of people in safety vests, but it’s not Hurricane Hanna, which made landfall in South Texas on July 25.
A recent Facebook post claims otherwise.
"$11 Billion Dollar Wall Built By Lowest Bidder!" it says. "Hurricane ‘Hanna’ hitting Texas has blown over part of a Border Wall on the border with US-Mexico."
This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has said it’s not aware of any part of the border barriers falling over in the hurricane, according to a statement posted on its website.
Rather, the agency said, the video shows high winds that knocked over "several border wall panels that were pending additional anchoring" at a construction site near Deming, New Mexico, in June.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing the construction, told the Associated Press that the incident happened on June 5 when a "unexpected high wind gust" knocked over barrier panels.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Statement regarding wall video on Twitter, July 27, 2020
Associated Press, Video does not show Hurricane Hanna levelling border wall, July 27, 2020
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