Family of Six Drowns Fleeing Hurricane Harvey Floods

Police in Houston said Wednesday they have recovered the bodies of six family members whose van was swept away in flooding unleashed by Harvey over the weekend.

A family of six reportedly died Sunday (Aug. 27) while trying to escape the floodwaters of Tropical Storm Harvey, according to television news station KHOU 11 Monday.

Three members of the unidentified family told KHOU that four children were in a van with their great-grandparents and great-uncle Sunday when it was swept up by the current of flood waters as the van crossed a bridge in Greens Bayou.

Their relatives returned to the scene of the tragedy on Wednesday as floodwaters subsided and alerted police that the van was now visible, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.

His brother, said Ric, made it across the bridge only to encounter a dip in the road on the other side.

Sammy Saldivar had driven to pick up the four children and his parents, and hoped to bring them to higher ground. "Then he seen the van go down and just go under the water".

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"It went headfirst in and water came in real fast", Ric Saldivar told CNN.

"When he climbed out of the van he said he could hear the kids screaming and yelling, they wanted to get out, so and that keeps playing in his head", Ric said.

Authorities saw at least two bodies in the front seat, the sheriff's office said; however, based on the angle it was unclear if there were any other bodies inside.

KHOU-TV identified the six family members as 84-year-old Manuel Saldivar, 81-year-old Belia Saldivar, 6-year-old Daisy Saldivar, 8-year-old Xavier Saldivar, 14-year-old Dominic Saldivar and 16-year-old Devy Saldivar.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, as the waters in Houston continued to rise, 16-year-old Devy Saldivar wrote on Facebook, "no sleep & anxiety, please let this pass sooner". "They were good kids".

"They went to heaven holding hands".

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