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


Police have found bodies inside a van that was carrying a family of six when it was swept off a road and into raging Hurricane Harvey floodwaters.

A few hours later her great-uncle, Sammy, attempted to drive the family to safety, but the floodwaters came and overwhelmed their van near the Greens Bayou, according to what relatives told NBC News.

Police say the elderly couple's son Samuel "Sammy" Saldivar, told them he was driving eastbound on Green River Rd. near John Ralston Rd. when rising water in Greens Bayou overcame the van in which they were traveling and swallowed everyone except the driver.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the bodies of two adults could be seen in the front seat.

Two bodies were found in the van, and dive teams were making their way through murky water in a wooded area to inspect the white, cargo-type van for more remains, he said.

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

"They haven't located the bodies, but from what my aunt has said, the vehicle is still in the water".

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"The van was just bobbing in the water, that's how deep the water was", Ric Saldivar said.

Sixteen-year-old Devy Saldivar wrote "No sleep & anxiety, please let this pass sooner", around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday.

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. At one point, a strong current swept the van away and into the Greens Bayou.

Texas officials have yet to confirm the deaths, saying they haven't located the submerged van.

Ric Saldivar doesn't seem to blame his brother for the deaths of his grandchildren, and his parents.

"We've just been trying to be hopeful that somehow they got out but [there's] been no sign of them so we're just trying to find them dead or alive", said Parades. Belia and Manuel Saldivar would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in October.

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