Published: Mon, August 28, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Residents of flooded Texas nursing home from viral photo airlifted to safety

Residents of flooded Texas nursing home from viral photo airlifted to safety

Fifteen senior citizens had to be rescued from waist-deep water at a nursing home in Texas following Tropical Storm Harvey.

In the photo, several residents are seen sitting in the water, surrounded by flood water.

Many suspected the photo was fake, as outrageous pics that have either been altered or bear no relation to the current situation often make the rounds on social media during natural disasters.

Timothy McIntosh, whose mother-in-law owns the nursing home, posted the photo and pleaded for emergency help.

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

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The Galveston County Daily News reports 15 people were evacuated from the home.

David Popoff, the city's emergency management coordinator, told the paper that crews are air-lifting grandmothers and grandfathers from the home.

According to The Daily News in Galveston County, the residents were rescued by helicopter.

McIntosh's wife, Kimberly, said her mother had sent the picture to her at 9 a.m. "Coast Guard on route right now for rescue.#HoustonFlood", said McIntosh on Twitter.

"We have complete sections of freeways that were closed and intersections that are closed", Clark said.

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