Eighty-six seniors from a Winnipeg nursing home that was flooded last month will have to wait at least several more months before they can return to the facility.
Golden Links Lodge at 2280 St. Mary's Rd. was evacuated on April 20 after the basement was flooded, forcing residents to stay temporarily in other assisted-living centres.
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The flooding was caused by a water main break, according to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, which added that the main supplied water to the building's sprinkler system.
"Right now it will take about four to six weeks for the building to dry out," Gina Trinidad, the WRHA's chief operating officer of long-term care, told CBC News on Wednesday.
"There was extensive damage to the basement of the facility, which impacted really their major power systems — so electrical, heating, ventilation."
Trinidad said officials originally received a preliminary estimated time frame of four to six months, but she added that it's difficult to say when the work will be completed because the repairs haven't even started yet.
"It will still be several months before the building is safe for residents to be transferred back," she said.
"At this point, until restoration begins, we're not able to give a definitive time frame."
The displaced Golden Links residents are currently staying at three assisted-living homes across the city, with most of them — 62 residents — at River Ridge, a privately owned retirement residence.
Trinidad said the residents are settling in, but the transition has not been without its challenges.
"Initially they were working on some parking issues for staff and family. Since then, the parking issue has been resolved; River Ridge has been able to secure some additional space," she said.
"The staff are working through the day-to-day type of issues, and recently what I understand is that the residents are settling in quite well."