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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke July 29, 2020

No, this isn’t a video of Hurricane Hanna felling a border barrier in Texas

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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.) 

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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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