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

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A flooded basement forced the evacuation of dozens of senior citizens from a personal care home in St. Vital early Sunday.

Lori Lamont, vice-president of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, said all 86 residents of the Golden Links Lodge, at 2280 St. Mary's Rd., were evacuated after water filled the basement at about 3 a.m.

The flooding knocked out the building's power and heating.

Lamont said all the residents, along with their nursing and health-care aides, have been moved to the nearby St. Amant Centre, Vista Park Lodge and Actionmarguerite. They are expected to be there for at least 48 to 72 hours.

Golden Links staff have been deployed to the receiving facilities to care for their residents, a news release stated.

Lamont said they won't know where the water came from until it is completely pumped out, but she said since city crews shut off the water main outside, no new water has entered the building.

"The water was gushing in -- we don't think it started much before three. The sump-pump alarm went off, and that's what alerted staff."

She said fire and paramedic officers helped lodge staff get the seniors to waiting Winnipeg Transit buses.

"They mobilized very quickly," Lamont said.

"It was fortunate we could keep the residents safely on the first floor."

The extent of the damage is not yet known, nor is there an estimate for how long the facility will be closed.

Planning for longer-term accommodations is underway, Golden Links said in a news release.

Lamont said the WRHA has "reached the majority of their families" and added the health authority is in the process of setting up an information line.

Families who have not heard where a resident is being hosted or need additional information can call 204-788-8004 for details.

kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 21, 2014 A6

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