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4 children, 2 great-grandparents swept away in Houston floodwaters

4 children, 2 great-grandparents swept away in Houston floodwaters

He was able to crawl out of the vehicle and grab onto a tree limb.

A Texas teenager posted a heartbreaking message on Facebook hours before she and her family were swept away by floodwaters as they tried to flee Hurricane Harvey.

The four children and their great-grandparents were trying to make the journey from their home to another family member's home when they were caught in floodwaters at the intersection of Green River Drive and John Ralston Road, Ashley Hiser-Jackson, a California-based relative, told BuzzFeed News.

"My brother-in-law saw the van go under the water", Virginia Saldivar told NBC News as she waited for someone to rescue her from thigh-high water at her home. "That's when my husband dropped the phone and started screaming".

84, and his wife Belia, 81; and siblings Devy Saldivar, 16; Dominic Saldivar, 15; Xavier Saldivar, 8; and Daisy Saldivar, 6.

"We fully expect that as the water recedes that there would be some grim discoveries", Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jason Spencer told the Houston Chronicle.

Samuel Saldivar climbed out of the driver-side window but the van's sliding door was partially submerged and would not open, Virginia Saldivar said.

Ms. Salazar, who works at Legal Aid of Western Ohio and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, said her co-workers provided strong support.

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It also made contact with the city administration and said that it will welcome flood victims after other shelters get full. The rep also sent us photos of "initial flooding" within the church, and says this is "why we couldn't open initially ".

The group was attempting to escape the flooding in a van when flood water overwhelmed the vehicle.

First responders were in the area at the time, but they did not have enough time to rescue the family, according to witnesses.

Update 4:50 p.m. August 28: The Harris County Sheriff's Office said on Monday afternoon that it was not immediately able to confirm a report that a family of six was swept away by floodwaters and killed on Sunday.

According to Spencer, Saldivar said the victims are his elderly parents and four great-nieces and nephews.

The family identified the missing as Manuel Saldivar.

When he got to land, it had already disappeared.

"Finding my babies", she said, "that's my ultimate goal".


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