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Texas nursing home residents evacuated from Harvey flood waters

30 August, 2017, 01:36 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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McIntosh shared an image taken at La Vita Bella care home in Galveston County on Sunday, asking people to retweet to raise awareness of the urgent issue.

The now-viral photo showed at least six residents sitting waist-deep in murky floodwaters. His message on social media was a desperate plea for help for the residents, who were in need of imminent rescue if they were to keep their heads above water.

Lampson's mother was once a patient at the La Vita Bella nursing home - something that Kimberly said created a deep connection for her own mother.

"Thank you to the National Guard & the Galveston City Emergency crew for our rescue" Timothy McIntosh tweeted. "We were working on a solution for the nursing home, and it was in progress, so social media can sometimes leave one with the wrong impression".

He told ABC News he doesn't believe the rescue would have been possible without all the attention the photo received.

Search and rescue operations are continuing Sunday.

McIntosh, of Tampa, Florida, contacted several emergency officials on behalf of Lampson until he was able to reach one in Galveston.

"Most of these people are in wheelchairs and (on) oxygen", she said.

"That's when we made a decision to go ahead and tweet the photos, because we were afraid she wasn't going to get any help", McIntosh said.

On Monday, her husband returned to La Vita Bella to retrieve the home's other residents: a group of cats and chickens that had to be left behind during the evacuation.

The picture quickly went viral and the National Guard was notified and mobilized.

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