An elderly Houston couple told ABC’s “Good Morning America” Wednesday about the story behind a picture from the Houston flood that has gone viral online. The photo featured an elderly woman being taken out of her flooded living room on the back of a wave runner. As it turns out, the photo was taken during a rescue operation put on by Chick-fil-a.
The picture went viral Tuesday when it appeared on various social media websites.
A grandma getting jet ski’d out of her home in #Houston. #HoustonStrong pic.twitter.com/p8tlmLeQLt
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) August 29, 2017
“Good Morning America” tracked down the source of the picture and interviewed the husband of the elderly couple, who told a somewhat humorous and surprising tale.
J.C. Spencer, husband to Karen Spencer — the woman featured in the photo — told host Amy Robach that they knew they had to evacuate Houston on Monday, but with all the emergency phone lines busy, the elderly man decided to reach out to another helpful organization.
“I called Chick-fil-a,” said Spencer. “Now that sounds kind of funny, but I ordered two grilled chicken burritos with extra egg — and a boat.”
To the surprise of the grandfather, Chick-fil-a delivered his boat order.
“And can you believe the manager, one of the managers of Chick-fil-a, she sent her husband to pick us up, and we are so grateful and so thankful,” Spencer said.
Robach mentioned that the elderly couple threw things into the rescue boat, not leaving room enough for the two evacuees to climb on board. However, two men on wave runners — later identified as Keith Christensen and Winston Savice, Jr. — happened by and gave the couple a ride out of the home in style.
“So Karen jumped on the back of the jet-ski, and I jumped on the back of another one, and they evacuated us to higher ground,” Spencer said.
“I can’t believe I’m leaving my flooded house in a Jet Ski,” Karen recalled according to “GMA.” “Oh well, here we go!”
“I ordered two grilled chicken burritos with extra and a boat.” Grandparents in Texas rescued from floodwaters: https://t.co/j7xz86AtFH pic.twitter.com/Jj8dKhefTt
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 30, 2017
According to “Good Morning America,” Spencer had to return to the home Tuesday to recover his wallet and his wedding ring.
“I couldn’t save my house, but I have to save my marriage,” Spencer joked.