However, some people on the social-networking site said the photo was fake because the people appeared too calm and one woman was even seen knitting in the picture. "Coast Guard on route right now for rescue.#HoustonFlood", said McIntosh on Twitter.
Timothy McIntosh, whose mother-in-law owns the nursing home, posted the photo and pleaded for emergency help.
The owner of the nursing home sent the photo to her son-in-law and he tweeted the photo hoping it would help with a rescue response.
"That is my sister", she said.
By 1:00 pm on Sunday, McIntosh had confirmed the rescue by tweeting, "RESCUED!"
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Bobrick said Ruth, 64, had a blanket draped over her shoulder.
However, there's a happy update to this story: the residents in the picture were safely evacuated from the nursing home, and are now happy and dry.
McIntosh posted a message Sunday evening about the rescue.
When the situation became severe, Lampson reportedly reached out for a rescue but was told that first-responders would not be able to get to them.
La Vita Bella has an evacuation plan, Lampson said, and the residents had evacuated during both hurricanes Ike and Rita.
McIntosh, whose wife, Kimberly, was in contact with her mother throughout the ordeal, was trying to do the best he could to rally help for the facility while at his home in Tampa, Florida.
Some were skeptical if the photo was real, but others tweeted photos of flooded areas nearby. "Thank you to the National Guard & the Galveston City Emergency crew for our rescue; @GalvestonOEM #houstonflood @NationalGuard".