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

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

The van in which six family members were tragically swept away to their deaths as Harvey's devastating flooding gripped Houston has been discovered.

"Four children, their great grandparents - presumed dead after their van was swept away while trying to evacuate", CNN host Erin Burnett solemnly explained.

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

"They're very saddened, obviously", Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told NBC.

A few hours later, her great-uncle, Manuel "Sammy" Saldivar, tried to rescue the family when floodwaters engulfed his van, reports the New York Post.

Although the driver - the children's great-uncle - was able to escape the vehicle before it went under water, the rest of the family was unable to make it out, KHOU 11 reported. "He loved anything Army and playing video games", she said.

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Sammy yelled out to them to go to the back of the van and open the door, but they never made it. Virginia Saldivar said her brother-in-law could only watch as the van disappeared underwater.

On Wednesday, the sheriff's office was alerted that the water has subsided some, and the white van was located. "The neighbors woke him up", Ric said.

Manuel Saldivar, 84, and his wife Belia, 81, were in the auto with their great-grandchildren - Devy Saldivar, 16, Dominic Saldivar, 15, Xavier Saldivar, 8, and Daisy Saldivar, 6 - when the rushing waters pushed the van off the road, family members told NBC News.

"I can already imagine Dad holding Mom's hand real tight as the water rushed in", he said.

"Family, I just notified them". "A big goof" and a delight to all who saw her, Catherine said. "He was trying to do the right thing to get them out of the flood. and it just happened".

"Sammy said, 'Well, maybe I should go back, ' " Ric said. The storm, and the massive deluge of rains that it has brought, have inundated the city of Houston with floods the like of which officials say they haven't seen before. It was the death of the four young siblings, who had their whole lives ahead of them, that would be so crushing. "I don't know who heard him, but the Sheriffs Department went over there in a boat and they literally threw him in a lifeline", Saldivar explained.


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