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Montgomery retirement home residents displaced

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The John Knox Manor retirement tower is on Narrow Lane Road. The John Knox Manor retirement tower is on Narrow Lane Road.

More than 100 elderly residents at the John Knox Manor retirement tower on Narrow Lane Road are now displaced.

Alabama Power says an electrical problem in the building caused the sprinkler system to come on. That flooded the basement, which caused the transformer to fail on Sunday. The repairs are expected to cost at least $200,000.

"It has been a traumatic event for all involved," said Terri Howell, administrator for John Knox Nursing Home. "We've kept it fully staffed with security on site, police on site. We have people work through the night, around the clock getting it done so we can get people back as quickly as possible."

Now it's just a race against the clock to get the power back up and running and each resident safe and sound under one roof.

"Our mission is to serve the elderly and we intend to fulfill that mission. We are ready for our residents to come home, we miss them really bad," Howell said.

Residents are staying with family members, at the adjoining nursing home or at a hotel provided by the Red Cross. The soonest they will be able to move back in is Tuesday.

As of now officials hope insurance will cover the cost, but that's not a guarantee. If you would like to help you can contact John Knox Manor.

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