Stranded Seniors At Texas Nursing Home Rescued By Helicopter Airlift


News of Hurricane Harvey and the frightening impact on the great state of Texas dominated the media landscape over the weekend, and for good reason.

This is truly a once in a lifetime event, and the flooding that is impacting the area is of historic proportions. Unfortunately, it looks like it’s going to get a whole lot worse before cleanup efforts can even begin.

We’ve seen all sorts of unsettling images of the devastation, but we’ve also heard all kinds of heartwarming stories of folks coming together to help rescue their neighbors.

One of the more heart-wrenching stories to emerge from the weekend revolved around seniors that were stranded at a nursing home in Dickinson.

As the New York Post shares, “residents of a nursing home southeast of Houston had to be evacuated from waist-deep water.”

David Popoff, the city’s emergency management coordinator, provided some details on what happened. He notes that 15 senior citizens in total had to be rescued – by helicopter.

“We were air-lifting grandmothers and grandfathers,” he said, according to NYP.

A Twitter user named Timothy McIntosh shared an image of residents of the home in waist-deep water, and that image quickly went viral. His wife, Kimberly McIntosh, noted that her mother sent her the pic and was hoping for some help.

“She said it was a disaster and they were hoping the national guard would come,” Kimberly said, NYP reports.

Thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by Harvey, and let’s hope that it won’t get nearly as bad as predicted.   


New York Post