DICKINSON, Texas - Several residents of La Vita Bella Nursing Home waited in waist-deep water to be rescued on Sunday.

Trudy Lampson, the owner of the nursing home, took the striking photo that went viral online, eventually leading to the rescue of the residents.

Lampson's son-in-law, Timothy McIntosh, tells NBC News that 15 senior citizens were rescued from the nursing home and taken to higher ground via helicopter and the Coast Guard.