At least 15 people were rescued from a nursing home in Texas after a photo of elderly residents sitting waist-deep in floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey was posted on social media.
Author Timothy McIntosh, whose mother-in-law owns the nursing home, posted the photo with a tweet that has since been retweeted thousands of times: “La vita Bella nursing home in Dickinson Texas is almost underwater with nursing home patients.”
“Need help asap emergency services please RETWEET,” a second tweet posted shortly after pleaded.
The tweets quickly gained momentum on Twitter, but the incredible image also attracted some scepticism.
“I would suspect this is a fake photo,” one Twitter user posted.
“This is absolutely not a fake photo,” Mr McIntosh responded. “They need help and we are family.”
Timothy McIntosh tweet: Thank you. This is a real and life threatening situation. They have not been rescued yet. Anyone in the area, please reach out and help.
Mr McIntosh provided updates on Twitter as the story unfolded.
Timothy McIntosh tweet: Latest update on La Vita Bella home in Dickinson, TX.On “purple” high priority list. Coast Guard on route right now for rescue.
Dickinson emergency management coordinator David Popoff told the Galveston County Daily News that 15 people were rescued from the nursing home.
“We were air-lifting grandmothers and grandfathers,” Mr Popoff said.
Mr McIntosh expressed his appreciation for all of the “true believers” that “pushed La Vita Bella to #1 on the priority list”.
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