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Food is removed from Golden Links Lodge after basement flooding left the building without power on Easter Sunday.

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Residents displaced after their personal care home flooded Easter Sunday have a temporary new place to call home.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority announced the 86 residents will move to the River Ridge Retirement Home until damage at the Golden Links Lodge, 2280 St. Mary’s Road, is repaired.

A flood knocked out the heat, power and mechanical systems in the basement of the St. Vital location. The building was evacuated and a total of 86 residents were put up temporarily in four other personal care homes. By Monday, with water still seeping into the basement of the facility, WRHA officials reported they were looking for a temporary site where they could bring the residents back together again, with staff, in a single location.

Residents will begin the move to the new location Thursday and it will be phased in over several days.

River Ridge Retirement Residence, located in West Kildonan at 50 Ridgecrest Avenue, is owned by All Seniors Care Residences. It is expected the temporary location will be home for several months until Golden Links is fit to live in again.

Meanwhile, the WRHA is working out a contract to cover rent for the space. All Seniors is a private company and the location in West Kildonan has residents of its own. A WRHA spokeswoman said the authority was lucky because not only is the temporary location new, but it has room for all of the displaced residents and their staff.

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Updated on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 8:25 PM CDT: Minor edits.

8:28 PM: Replaces photo.

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