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Residents of Golden West Centennial Lodge nursing home were evacuated Monday morning after a water-main break. Winnipeg paramedics and Manitoba stretcher service helped move the 113 residents to West Park Manor and other facilities.

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Residents of Golden West Centennial Lodge nursing home were evacuated Monday morning after a water-main break. Winnipeg paramedics and Manitoba stretcher service helped move the 113 residents to West Park Manor and other facilities.

An overnight water-main break in the basement of a Winnipeg nursing home forced the facility to relocate its residents.

The Golden West Centennial Lodge in the St. Charles neighbourhood began moving its residents at 6 a.m. this morning to the West Park Manor on Grant Avenue. Residents were able to move with some personal effects.

All 113 residents were evacuated by noon, with the help of wheelchair vans, paramedics and stretcher services.

The nursing home was operating on emergency power, slated to be turned off this afternoon.

The break was first detected at 11 p.m. Sunday and city crews tried to manage it, even though the line is on private property. By 2 a.m., Salvation Army and Winnipeg Regional Health Authority officials quickly determined the water threatened the building's electrical and phone system and also meant the building had little access to clean water.

The residents have been sent to three other nursing homes, some staying in multipurpose rooms while officials determine how long Golden West might be shut down.

The city has a shortage of nursing home beds and finding more permanent placements for 113 people could be tricky, said WRHA officials.

Over the next day or two, they said it will become clear just how serious the damage is and how long repairs will take.

Any family member wishing to contact Golden West Centennial Lodge can call (204) 797-5594.

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Updated on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:28 PM CDT: Photo added

12:53 PM: Story updated

1:56 PM: clarifies water main is on private property

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