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Twitter plea helps save Houston seniors stuck in Hurricane Harvey floodwaters

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A valiant plea to help seniors stuck in rising floodwaters in a nursing home caused by Hurricane Harvey was answered on Sunday.

Timothy J. McIntosh issued the plea on Twitter on Sunday morning, sharing a picture of the seniors waist-deep in water, with the message: “La vita Bella nursing home in Dickinson Texas is almost underwater with nursing home patients.”

David Popoff, the city’s emergency management co-ordinator told the Galveston County Daily News on Sunday afternoon that 15 seniors were rescued from the home.

“We were airlifting grandmothers and grandfathers,” Popoff said.

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McIntosh received the picture from his mother-in-law who owns the home.

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Popoff said rescues in Dickinson are still ongoing.

The remnants of Hurricane Harvey continue to wreak havoc in areas in Texas, with the United States’ fourth-largest city, Houston, being battered by heavy rains.

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Average rainfall totals will end up around 40 inches (1,016 millimetres) for Houston, weather service meteorologist Patrick Burke said.

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said authorities had received more than 2,000 calls for help, with more coming in.

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