Van With 6 Drowned Family Members Found in Houston

Family of 6 drowns inside van while trying to escape Harvey floods

"No sleep & anxiety, please let this pass sooner", wrote 16-year-old Devy Saldivar on Facebook at about 5:30 a.m. on August 27.

Virginia Saldivar told The Associated Press on Monday that when her in-laws' northeast Houston home began to flood early Sunday, her brother-in-law Samuel Saldivar borrowed her husband's van and drove to pick up the relatives.

Ric Saldivar, 53, has a big family - lots of brothers, spread over east Houston and beyond.

That's when the auto "nose-dived" into high water near Greens Bayou outside of Houston, according to NBC News.

As of Monday, the Saldivars are among at least 14 dead, though that number will nearly undoubtely go up as the water recedes and the true impact of the storm becomes known. "We were able to retrieve the van and pull it out of water and we can confirm that four other individuals are in the back of the truck".

By the time Harvey bore down on Houston, it was a Saldivar neighborhood, through and through.

For several years, Ric Saldivar said, his parents had been losing their memories to dementia. "He loved anything Army and playing video games", she said.

Samuel Saldivar had been driving his relatives to safety when rising floodwaters suddenly "overcame" their van, according to CBS affiliate KHOU-TV, which first reported the tragedy in northern Harris County, Texas.

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The van sank in the flood, leaving driver Sammy Saldivar the lone survivor.

"Initially, we viewed two bodies that appear to be adults in the front seat of the vehicle and we've been waiting for additional resources to get out here and investigate further", Sheriff Gonzalez said. Also in the van were the great-grandchildren of his parents: Daisy Saldivar, 6, Xavier Saldivar, 8, Dominic Saldivar, 14, and Devy Saldivar, 16.

"Pasadena ISD's heart is heavy as we have learned that four Pasadena ISD students and two of their great-grand parents were swept away by the floodwaters of Greens Bayou while trying to escape the floodwaters of Harvey", wrote Pasadena Independent School District on its Facebook page. Sheriff's officials previously said that a search for the van was not possible in the storm.

"Family, I just notified them".

"Unfortunately it seems that our worst thoughts have been realized", Gonzalez told the paper.

"They both have Alzheimer's", he said. "They were good kids". "I haven't slept. I'm scared to go to sleep because I see them".

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

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