Warm Audio of Austin, Texas is helping raise money for the La Vita Bella Senior Living Residents in Dickinson, Texas. La Vita Bella is a privately owned state licensed assisted living home located on two beautiful wooded acres in Dickinson, Texas. Dickinson is located between Galveston and Houston, where flooding continues to occur. Dickinson, Texas has a mandatory evacuation now in place (August 28, 2017).
The residents were trapped due to severe flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 27. During Hurricane Harvey, the residents became submerged in the rising waters pouring into the nursing home. A now-viral photo first shared on Twitter showed at least six other women and a cat trapped in the same green-colored water that filled the room.
Kim and Tim McIntosh, whose mother owns the assisted living center, received the photo around 8 a.m. Sunday. "Then no more contact," they said in an email.
The McIntosh's decided to post the photo on Twitter shortly after, pleading with emergency services for help. "We thought the situation was dire," they said.
Emergency officials rescued 18 people, including 15 nursing-home residents, from La Vita Bella Sunday afternoon, Dickinson emergency management coordinator David Popoff told the Galveston County Daily News. “We were air-lifting grandmothers and grandfathers,” Popoff told the Daily News.
Emergency officials updated the McIntosh's every 30 minutes until everyone was out safely. "We were very fortunate and are thankful for all the retweets, media contacts, and especially the promptness of Galveston emergency services along with the National Guard. All together, they saved many lives today," they added in the email.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas Friday, and though it was downgraded to a tropical storm Saturday, it brought unprecedented flooding to southeast Texas. Rain is expected to continue through the middle of this week.
"The breadth and intensity of this rainfall are beyond anything experienced before," the National Weather Service said in a statement Sunday. "Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days."
Authors: Kara Milstein, Sophia Rosenbaum - Time.com | Daily News
Aug 27, 2017
All residents are in need of clothing, furnishings, medical supplies and financial support. This is a privately ownened facility with many residents. This relief fund will go 100% directly to the support of La Vita Bella Senior Living Residents.
La Vita Bella Senior Living : http://www.lavitabella.net
Warm Audio : http://www.warmaudio.com
- Tom Edwards
Organizer and beneficiary
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