Dozens rescued from nursing home underwater in Dickinson

Dozens rescued from nursing home underwater in Dickinson

Harvey, which has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, hammered Texas as emergency crews rescue people from their homes and cars as the flood waters rise.

Timothy McIntosh, whose mother-in-law owns the assisted-living home, shared the photo on Twitter.

The image was posted to Twitter by Kimberly McIntosh, almost 1,000 miles away in Tampa, along with a desperate plea for help.

"Thanks to all the true believers that re-tweeted and got the news organisations involved", he added. Two hours after his original post McIntosh tweeted that the coast guard were en route with the residents "the number 1 priority of all current rescue attempts".

McIntosh told Inside Edition that the situation was "life or death".

The devastating photograph captured elderly people in a care home filled deep with water, rising above chairs and other furniture.

Some were quick to question the authenticity of the photo.

Four of the women were taken to a local hospital, according to the Galveston Daily News. "When you get people that are in wheelchairs, or can not get around, or they have walkers, if the water kept coming up, what were they going to do?"

Ken Clark from the office of emergency services told ABC13 20-25 residents have been rescued from the nursing home.

"We were desperate, desperate to get someone there and, given we couldn't get through to anybody, I felt nobody was listening", she said.

However, there's a happy update to this story: the residents in the picture were safely evacuated from the nursing home, and are now happy and dry.

A Tampa Bay area couple has a connection to the flooding in Texas and it involves the power of social media.

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