Family of 6 feared drowned while trying to escape Harvey, reports say

A truck driver is rescued live on air from floodwaters near Houston

A truck driver is rescued live on air from floodwaters near Houston

Hiser-Jackson has been in touch with her family in Houston, she said, who told her that one of the elderly couple's sons was on his way to meet them and take them to his house when they were swept away.

The report states family members confirmed the deaths to KHOU, saying a van carrying 4 children under the age of 16 as well as their great-grandparents, both in their 80s, and their great-uncle, hit high water while trying to cross a bridge in Houston.

"Sam calls my husband and tells him, 'they're gone, '" Saldivar said.

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The van still has not been located, and none of their bodies have been recovered.

Virginia Saldivar, Devy's grandmother, said on Monday that the vehicle carrying the teenager, her brothers and sister Dominic, 14; Xavier, 8; and Daisy, 6, as well as their great-grandparents, Manuel, 83, and Belia, 81, sank into Greens Bayiou in East Houston.

The sole survivor, identified as the children's 56-year-old great-uncle, 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. Witnesses told the station that emergency crews in the area were not able to reach the van in time to rescue the six inside. A large oak tree toppled onto the woman's trailer home, reports said.

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Houston police chief Art Acevedo announced Monday that rescuers have saved about 2,000 people from flooding in the city, CBS News reports. That death toll is expected to rise as rescue efforts continue.

"We are not out of the woods yet", Elaine Duke, the acting Homeland Security secretary, said Monday, according to The Washington Post. "Please see warnings and other products issued by your local National Weather Service office for additional information on this life-threatening situation".

Pastor David McDougle, 26, and his wife opened First Baptist Church North Houston to create a makeshift shelter for those in need.

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"It's frustrating, but I'm just relying on God to fulfill His promises to us", McDougle told the Post.

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