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

05 September, 2017, 18:48 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
  • Source MGN

On the morning of August 27, shortly after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, Devy posted about the storm on Facebook writing, "No sleep & anxiety, please let this pass sooner".

They made, it Ric Saldivar said, but hit a dip in the road. Sammy lost control and the van went nose-first into the bayou with his parents and the four children, ages 6 to 16, trapped inside.

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.

Prior to the gruesome find Wednesday, family members said the mother of the children went back to the scene of the tragedy in a boat in a desperate attempt to find them.

Adriana Saldivar replied: "We gave the helicopter people your address they will be looking at roofs and open space".

"Sam calls my husband and tells him, 'They're gone, '" she told the AP.

Ric Saldivar said the Harris County Sheriff's Office told him his brother was stuck in the water for 45 minutes when they found him.

The driver of the van, Sammy Saldiver, was able to escape but not save anyone else when the van was engulfed Sunday, the paper reported.

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"They wanted to make sure that we understood how they found Sammy", she said. No bodies have yet been recovered.

Sammy Saldivar attempted to rescue their parents, Manuel and Belia, and their four great-grandchildren, Devy, Dominic, Xavier, and Daisy from Hurricane Harvey's flood waters, to bring them all to his brother Ric's residence on higher ground. "I hope they are safe and sound and got out of the floodwaters".

The dentist who employs the children's family member, Esmeralda, who is a dental assistant, started a GoFundMe page to help benefit the grieving family.

Samuel Saldivar was distraught and in tears, describing how he watched a van carrying his elderly parents and his brother's grandchildren sink into floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Texas, USA.

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

"It's so unfair", she said, crying. "They are asking for privacy", he said. I've spoken with the family that's standing by, to try to update them and comfort them as best I can.

"These kids lived across the street from us and we would see them everyday".

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