A photo of a group of senior citizens sitting in waist-deep water during Hurricane Harvey has gone viral.
The picture was shared on Twitter by Timothy McIntosh, The Inquisitr reported. It shows elderly men and women at the La Vita Bella Nursing home in Dickinson, Texas, sitting hopelessly as water continues to flood the facility.
“La vita Bella nursing home in Dickinson Texas is almost underwater with nursing home patients," tweeted McIntosh, whose mother-in-law owns the nursing home.
The photo quickly went viral. Several social media users expressed their outrage, while some questioned the authenticity of the pictures.
"Who approves putting a nursing home in an area in danger of flooding? Are they nuts?" asked one Twitter user. "This is why we have land use planning, zoning laws."
"We Spend trillions on war to kill and steal from other countries why can't we spend a few million to send more help for our own people?" asked another.
"Most can only focus on wanting to spend billions on a wall, when there's greater priorities every day," wrote another user.
"They're gonna get infections sitting in that mess. There has to be a better plan than that," observed another. "That amazes me they let it get to here."
"Everyone saying this is fake lacks empathy and compassion ... thankfully the residents have been saved," added another.
Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark said that about 20-25 nursing home residents were safely rescued, ABC News reported. Dickinson’s emergency management coordinator, David Popoff, also told the Galveston County Daily News that the elderly patients were evacuated from the building by helicopter.
“We were air-lifting grandmothers and grandfathers,” Popoff said.
Galveston County Judge Mark Henry later confirmed the rescue during a press conference on Aug. 27.
McIntosh kept his Twitter followers updated throughout the rescue.
“Need help asap emergency services please RETWEET,” he wrote. “Latest update on La Vita Bella home in Dickinson, TX. On 'purple' high priority list. Coast Guard on route right now for rescue.#HoustonFlood.”
“RESCUED!! Thank you to the National Guard & the Galveston City Emergency crew for our rescue; [Galveston OEM] #houstonflood [National Guard]," McIntosh added in a later tweet.
McIntosh told ABC News he was "very grateful" for everyone who helped with the rescue. He added that he doesn't think the rescue would have happened as quickly as it did had the photos not gone viral.
Sources: The Inquisitr, Timothy J. McIntosh/Twitter, ABC News, Galveston County Daily News / Featured Image: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr / Embedded Images: Timothy J. McIntosh/Twitter, Nellis Air Force Base