Covered in blankets and towels, the residents of a Texas rest home found themselves stranded in the midst of severe floods after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston.
Timothy McIntosh, whose mother-in-law owns the nursing home, tweeted the photo on Sunday (local time) to appeal for help.
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The photo was shared thousands of times, alerting the National Guard to the situation and prompting a helicopter rescue operation.
By that afternoon, Mr McIntosh posted that the residents had been safely evacuated.
"We were air-lifting grandmothers and grandfathers," emergency management coordinator David Popoff told local media.
The fiercest hurricane to strike the US in more than a decade has left several dead and countless others homeless.