Feds to inspect drainage tunnel underneath Nogales port

Posted at 11:03 AM, Jul 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-24 10:28:27-04

More feds are going to the Nogales Port of Entry, but for an inspection. 

The General Services Administration plans to investigate a drainage tunnel under the port. An inspection is scheduled for Aug. 8, GSA spokeswoman Ashley Nash-Hahn told ABC15. 

This comes after Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake sent a joint letter to the GSA last week, fearing that the tunnel may collapse. 

"Any damage or failure of the Grand Tunnel that could close the DeConcini Port would have dire consequences for cross-border trade, tourism and customs enforcement," the letter read. 

Despite the inspection, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Teresa Small told ABC15 that the Nogales facility continues to be monitored. 

"There is no known immediate danger," Small said. 

Nash-Hahn said a report on the tunnel's conditions will follow about a month after the inspection. 

"If the study reveals an imminent threat to the port, GSA will take immediate action," Nash-Hahn said.