Residents of a Winnipeg nursing home that was flooded this past weekend are getting a new place to stay temporarily, but they'll have to travel across town to get there.
Eighty-six residents of Golden Links Lodge on St. Mary's Road, as well as the home's staff, had to get out when the basement started flooding early Sunday morning.
The displaced residents and staff were moved to short-term accommodations in several nearby care homes. But a lack of available rooms in Winnipeg meant the residents were sleeping in common areas, not in private rooms.
Most of the 86 residents will now move into empty suites at River Ridge, a privately owned retirement residence, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority announced Wednesday.
Nine residents whose needs and care are more complex will be moved to other facilities in the city, officials said.
River Ridge is located on Ridgecrest Avenue near Chief Peguis Trail and the north Perimeter Highway — essentially on the other side of the city from Golden Links, which is close to the south Perimeter.
Repairs to the flood-damaged basement at Golden Links Lodge are expected to take months, according to officials.