Assisted living residents rescued from rising floodwaters in Texas

Her son-in-law tells NBC News that 15-senior citizens were rescued from the nursing home and taken to higher ground via helicopter and the Coast Guard. She said she had been informed of flooding in La Vita Bella, but had no way to help her sister. "You had to laugh, because if you didn't laugh you'd have to stand there and cry".

At about 9 a.m., Lampson sent daughter, Kimberly, a picture of the women sitting in the water.

McIntosh thanked the Galveston OEM and the National Guard for their rescue efforts and "all the true believers that retweeted and got the news organizations involved".

On Sunday morning, McIntosh said her mom texted her a picture that showed residents in waist-deep water.

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.

"She loves (the patients) like her family", she said.

It went viral quickly, eventually reaching the eyes of some reporters.

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At least two people have been killed while a further 1,000 people have been rescued from the Houston area alone.

He said the furore over the photo was not what brought emergency responders to the scene. "No one asked her to evacuate, but she has evacuation plans to leave".

"We have complete sections of freeways that were closed and intersections that are closed", Clark said.

President Donald Trump has said he will travel to Texas on Tuesday.

Rescuers arrived late Sunday and took the nine residents to the Laurel Court retirement home in Alvin, some 40 miles south of Houston.

By that time, they told her to shelter in place, instead of evacuating, she said. "It pushed La Vita Bella to #1 on the priority list".