Viral image of submerged care home resident prompts Hurricane Harvey rescue

Dozens rescued from nursing home underwater in Dickinson

The photo was taken inside the La Vita Bella home in Dickinson, near Houston.

The photo shows at least seven residents of La Vita Bella Nursing Home.

He said he posted the photo to see if anyone familiar with Dickinson or the nursing home could "maybe go down the street and help them".

The image immediately went viral and within a matter of hours Mr McIntosh shared that the 15 residents had been airlifted to safety by Galveston County emergency services and The National Guard.

David Popoff, the city's emergency management coordinator told Galveston County Daily News they were rescued by helicopter.

Lampson said she returned to the flooded facility on Monday to rescue the cat pictured toward the back of the room in her photo.

"She could've easily left and she was told not to", Kim McIntosh said.

Around 9 a.m., Trudy Lampson, owner of the assisted living facility sent a picture of the scene to her daughter, the newspaper reports.

As the rescuers continue their work, folks from the photo that went viral chose to take their own picture showing they are safely riding out the rest of the storm.

The image was posted to Twitter by Kimberly McIntosh, almost 1,000 miles away in Tampa, along with a desperate plea for help. "No one asked her to evacuate, but she has evacuation plans to leave".

"Most of these people are in wheelchairs and [on] oxygen", she said.

Some were skeptical if the photo was real, but others tweeted photos of flooded areas nearby. In his next tweet, he wrote: "Latest update on La Vita Bella home in Dickinson, TX.On "purple" high priority list".

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