Twitter plea helps save Houston seniors stuck in Hurricane Harvey floodwaters

Twitter photo of flooded nursing home in Texas goes viral; paper confirms 15 residents were airlifted

Harvey sends floodwaters into Texas nursing home, 15 seniors rescued

Fifteen people were rescued from a flooded nursing home in Texas, a local paper confirmed. The photo of residents of La Vita Bella seemingly calmly sitting in wheelchairs and on sofas in water greater than waist-deep was widely circulated as viewers tried to determine its authenticity.

Timothy McIntosh, whose mother-in-law owns the nursing home, tweeted a photo of the nursing home, and asked for help.

He added that he wasn't sure how many rescues were made Sunday.

"We were air-lifting grandmothers and grandfathers", Dickinson's emergency management coordinator, David Popoff, told the newspaper.


A valiant plea to help seniors stuck in rising floodwaters in a nursing home caused by Hurricane Harvey was answered on Sunday.

McIntosh said that when she spoke to her mother over the last couple days, she told McIntosh that the nursing home was not told to evacuate.

Poppoff said the residents were rescued by helicopter. Forecasts on Sunday predicted at least 15 to 25 inches of rain may fall in Texas over the next week - some areas could see as much as 50 inches, the National Weather Service announced.

Hundreds saw the tweet and thanks to the National Guard and the Galveston City of Emergency crew, the residents were rescued safely.

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