Augusta bomb shelter, a relic of the Cold War, threatened by sewer project

Posted July 05, 2011, at 9:25 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A home bomb shelter built in the 1950s to protect a Maine man and his family from a nuclear attack is being threatened by an Augusta sewer project.

Donald Tuttle, 86, who drove a concrete truck for 30 years, built the underground, concrete bomb shelter behind his Mount Vernon Avenue home.

The shelter is entered through a backyard shed, also made of concrete.

The shelter is in the way of a $17.3 million sewer project, due to start this week. Greater Augusta Utility District Manager Brian Tarbuck says the bomb shelter has to go.

Tuttle’s nephew owns the home now.

Tuttle tells the Kennebec Journal it’s too bad they need to tear out the bomb shelter. He calls it a Cold War icon.

 

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