Hurricane Harvey: shocking image of pensioners trapped in care home as thousands are rescued

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Fifteen pensioners were rescued after an entire nursing home was flooded in Texas, hours after a shocking photograph showing them sitting waist-deep in water went viral.

Timothy McIntosh shared the image on Twitter appealing for the help of the emergency services as a major rescue operation was launched to save thousands trapped after “catastrophic” floods.

According to reports, their case was swiftly prioritised after the plea gathered thousands of retweets amid the chaos that unfolded from the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

Thousands of people were trapped in their homes as remnants of the hurricane brought flooding to Houston as fears grew of a rising death toll following the natural disaster.

Officials confirmed that everyone inside the La Vita Bella care home, many of whom are wheelchair bound and reliant on oxygen, were airlifted to safety, according to local media.

The shocking image, shared under the caption “Need help asap emergency services please RETWEET”, was reportedly sent to Mr McIntosh by his mother-in-law Trudy Lampson – who owns the home.

Harvey was classed as Category 4 hurricane late on Friday evening, but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm.

The devastating floods hit many areas of Texas, including Houston, the fourth-largest city in the US.

Rising water forced thousands of people on to their rooftops and higher ground, and overwhelmed rescuers have been struggling to keep up with constant calls for help.

Further downpours are expected in the coming days, and forecasters say a year’s worth of rain may have fallen by the end of the week.

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