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Emotional East Village seniors back home after flood

CALGARY- Some East Village seniors are getting a long-awaited homecoming, after being forced out weeks ago due to flooding.

Staff and volunteers have been busy preparing for a party ever since the Trinity Foundation was given the all clear to let displaced residents back home to King Tower.

“We have had many residents housed at Olds College at the students residence there,” explains Craig Cheffins from the Trinity Place Foundation.

150 seniors will make their way home over the weekend, and it’s been a tough three weeks for many of them. They were only given 10 minutes notice to leave, and there was concern about what they might find when they got back inside.

“I can’t express my feelings…it’s good to be alive, let’s put it that way,” says Marilyn Edwards, who is happy to be home. She adds that she’s appreciative of Olds College, but that there’s no place like home.

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“I am glad to be back. I love this place so much, and all the people in it.”

350 people in nearby Murdoch Manor will have to wait until August before the flood damage in their building is repaired.

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