Family of 6 drowns in van during attempt to flee Harvey floods

Police find van swept away in Houston flood 6 feared dead

We are learning new details about six family members who were swept away in a van by floodwaters on Greens Bayou.

Six members of a family were found drowned in their van that was swallowed up in a Houston bayou, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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.

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.

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. But his father yelled at him to keep going, his brother, Ric Saldivar, said.

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

The news station said the victims were an 81-year-old woman, her 84-year-old husband, a 16-year-old girl, a 14-year-old boy, an 8-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl.

Saldivar managed to wriggle out of his seat belt and escape the sinking van through a half-open window, he told family members.

Sometime Tuesday or early Wednesday, parts of the Houston region will probably break the almost 40-year-old USA record for the biggest rainfall from a tropical system - 48 inches (120 centimeters) - set by Tropical Storm Amelia in 1978 in Texas, meteorologists said.

Local authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment and have not yet confirmed the incident.

"He's still blaming himself, he was trying to do the right thing to get them out of the flood. and it just happened".

The family identified the missing as Manuel Saldivar. "I know they went to heaven holding hands".

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