Nursing home residents safe after being trapped in waist-high water

La Belle Vita Nursing home residents are doing well after being rescued from waist-high water at their facility (Courtesy Tim McIntosh)
La Belle Vita Nursing home residents are doing well after being rescued from waist-high water at their facility (Courtesy Tim McIntosh)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Residents of a nursing home who had been trapped in waist-high water following flooding from Harvey are safe. Their story garnered attention after a tweet showing residents sitting in a flooded room waiting for help.

Kim McIntosh’s mother runs La Vita Bella nursing home in Dickinson, Texas.

On Sunday morning, McIntosh said her mom texted her a picture that showed residents in waist-deep water.  She tried calling for help, but first responders were tied up with dozens of rescues.

“Within 10 to 15 minutes, it was waist high,” McIntosh said during a phone interview with News Channel 8.

So McIntosh’s husband Tim tweeted the photo, and it immediately pulled at heart strings.

 

Within a few hours, McIntosh said rescuers went to the nursing home and pulled the 15 residents and three nurses to safety.

They used a high-water vehicle to get to them, McIntosh said.

“I think it achieved the goal of getting them help,” she said.

News Channel 8 has learned residents from the nursing home are now in temporary facilities. The owner’s daughter tells News Channel 8 they are “doing great.”

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