PART of Donald Trump's border wall is about to collapse just months after it was built due to erosion, an engineering report is set to warn.
The report is one of two that is set to be filed in federal court later this week.
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The document details that a three-mile stretch of border fencing along the Rio Grande is in danger of collapsing due to extensive erosion, the Texas Tribune reported.
The part in question was built earlier this year by North Dakota-based Fisher Sand and Gravel.
Confirming the contract in May, Senator Kevin Cramer said Fisher Sand and Gravel Co offered the lowest price for the project. He did not know how many companies bid.
Cramer also said he personally pitched Fisher's company to the president and others in Washington.
The company agreed to have reports conducted as part of lawsuits that were filed last year by the National Butterfly Center and the International Boundary and Water Commission.
Tommy Fisher, the company's owner, previously dubbed the now eroding section of the wall as the "Lamborghini."
However Alex Mayer, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso, told the outlet: "It seems like they are cutting corners everywhere. It's not a Lamborghini, it's a $500 used car."
Environmental engineer Mark Tompkins also told the outlet that he has witnessed scouring and erosion due to heavy rains.
"Fisher Industries' private bollard fence will fail during extreme high flow events," Tompkins concluded.
In July, in response to a Texas Tribune report that the riverbank had started to erode, Trump tweeted: "I disagreed with doing this very small (tiny) section of wall, in a tricky area, by a private group which raised money by ads.
"It was only done to make me look bad, and perhaps [sic] it now doesn’t even work. Should have been built like rest of Wall, 500 plus miles."
However, Tommy Fisher said that he thought the president "just got some misinformation on this stuff" and that he had "complete respect" for Trump.
Fisher acknowledged that there had been some erosion on the land in front of the fencing caused by rain and the natural flow of the river.
He said his crews planned to install more organic material to fill the gaps or insert rock if erosion continues, but that other parts of the wall remained untouched.
"The wall will stand for 150 years, you mark my words," Fisher said.
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