Contact: Debra Levey Larson
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Caption: The original 60.5-foot Birds Point fuse plug was blown up using 265 tons of TNT on May 2, 2011. The USACE filled in the crater lake and temporarily patched the levee by putting in a patch that was 55 feet high in fall of 2011. In 2012 they restored it to the original height.
Credit: University of Illinois
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