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Six Family Members, Including 4 Children, Presumed Dead In Harvey Floods

31 August 2017, 01:15 | Katrina Lee

Report: Family of 6 drowns inside van during Hurricane Harvey

Second day of high water rescues underway in Houston

The driver - the children's great-uncle - was able to escape, but the van sank too quickly for the victims to be rescued, KHOU 11 reported.

"We could briefly look into the van and see at least two bodies that are in there", said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

When Harris County Sheriff's deputies found Sammy Saldivar on Sunday, the Houston resident had been clinging to a tree limb for almost an hour.

Hiser-Jackson has been in touch with her family in Houston, she said, who told her that one of the elderly couple's sons was on his way to meet them and take them to his house when they were swept away. The Coast Guard said it also had rescued more than 3,000 by boat and air and was taking more than 1,000 calls per hour.

According to KTRK-TV, Manuel Saldivar attempted to drive his parents and four children away from the flooding when the van was caught in rushing floodwaters Sunday on Greens Bayou.

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"No sleep & anxiety, please let this pass sooner", Devy Saldivar, 16, wrote on Facebook around 5:30 a.m. Sunday. As thousands of others around the Houston area similarly sought refuge from the unrelenting wrath of Harvey, he drove over a waterlogged bridge heading over Greens Bayou in eastern Houston, encouraged by his father to do so in spite of the apparent danger of the waters. Ric Saldivar is the uncle of the four children.

"Obviously, they are devastated, as we all are as well", Gonzalez said.

The survivor, who has not been identified, managed to grab onto a branch and told the children to climb out of the back door of the van, but they were unable to do so. Sammy lost control and the van went nose-first into the bayou with the family trapped inside.

Authorities have not yet confirmed the deaths, however, three family members have confirmed the incident. "I know they went to heaven holding hands".

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