Flooded Basement Evacuates Winnipeg Nursing Home

WINNIPEG — A personal care home in St. Vital was evacuated early Sunday morning after water flooded the facility’s basement.

Eighty-six residents were moved out of Golden Links Lodge on St. Mary’s Road after a suspected water main break occurred at around 3 a.m.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says water is estimated to be seven-feet deep in the lower level of the building. The basement houses mechanical and electrical equipment used to run the nursing home.

Lori Lamont, chief nursing officer with the WRHA, says family members have been notified of where to find their loved ones, who have been moved to neighbouring care homes. They include Actionmarguerite — St Vital, Actionmarguerite — St Boniface, St Amant Centre and Vista Park Lodge. Staff of Golden Links Lodge have also been redeployed with residents to assist at other facilities.

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

Once the water is pumped out, staff can assess the situation and begin the restoration process. Pumping trucks could be seen on site Sunday morning and will work around the clock.

It isn’t clear when residents will be able to return to Golden Links. Planning for longer-term accommodations is currently underway.

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