15 seniors rescued after Harvey floods nursing home

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

The picture shows elderly women who appear to be in a nursing home seemingly go about their normal business with flood water up to their waists. In the forefront you see a woman in a scooter and another in a recliner.

Just days earlier, the ladies sat stuck in the assisted living home as waters from Hurricane Harvey flooded the facility, inching up past residents' chests.

The nursing home owner Trudy Lampson, who took the picture, swears it is real.

Galveston Office of Emergency Services spokeswoman Brittany Viegas confirmed to NBC News that 15 people were rescued from La Vita Bella nursing home on Sunday.

McIntosh then started a series of tweets giving details of the rescue.

"The nursing home had to follow protocol because it's a big ordeal to evacuate it", he said.

"It's never even flooded past the sidewalk", Kim said.

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

La Vita Bella has an evacuation plan, Lampson said, and the residents had evacuated during both hurricanes Ike and Rita.

"They did look sort of calm in that photo", she said.

They were told no one was coming because they couldn't reach them.

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

A Twitter user, Timothy J. McIntosh, posted the image Sunday morning. In his next tweet, he wrote: "Latest update on La Vita Bella home in Dickinson, TX.On "purple" high priority list".

The post quickly went viral and the National Guard was notified.

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