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Nursing home residents rescued from floodwaters in Texas after viral photo

Residents of flooded Texas nursing home from viral photo airlifted to safety 15 rescued from Dickinson nursing home | Free News | The Daily News - Galveston County Daily News
Andrew Cummings | 28 August, 2017, 01:34

Residents of a Texas nursing home that flooded over the weekend due to heavy rain from Tropical Storm Harvey have been airlifted to safety, Galveston County Daily News reports.

Fifteen senior citizens were evacuated from the La Vita Bella nursing home in Dickinson, David Popoff, the city's emergency management coordinator confirmed on Sunday afternoon.

Timothy McIntosh, who had been alerted to the deteriorating situation by his mother-in-law Trudy Lampson who owned the facility, tweeted "La vita Bella nursing home in Dickinson Texas is nearly underwater with nursing home patients".

Some people questioned whether the picture was faked but Timothy McIntosh insisted it was real.

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Inhabitants of a nursing home in Dickinson, Texas, have been protected after they sat tight persistently for help as floodwaters ascended around them.

The photo went viral when Timothy J. McIntosh shared it on Twitter and urged people to retweet and spread the word to hopefully get help for the residents.

"RESCUED!" McIntosh exclaimed on Twitter. "It pushed La Vita Bella to #1 on the priority list", McIntosh tweeted after everyone had been rescued.

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. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.

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