Children Swept to Their Deaths With Great-Grandparents While Fleeing Harvey Flooding

Children Swept to Their Deaths With Great-Grandparents While Fleeing Harvey Flooding

Children Swept to Their Deaths With Great-Grandparents While Fleeing Harvey Flooding

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".

According to witnesses, the family was trying to get to higher ground when the van they were traveling in hit high floodwaters after crossing a bridge on Green River Road in Greens Bayou. Saldivar said she has not yet told the children's father, her son, who she says is in prison for violating parole.

Houston's KHOU-TV said an infant girl was swept away after her parents got out of their pickup truck near New Waverly, Texas, and tried to carry her across rushing water. Finally, on Wednesday, after the waters had receded, Andrew Saldivar spotted the van.

Authorities believe the two bodies they saw are the great-grandparents, 84-year-old Manuel and 81-year-old Belia Saldivar. "He loved anything Army and playing video games", she said of her grandchildren.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office also confirmed that deputies rescued Sammy Saldivar on Sunday from Greens Bayou.

As the vehicle began to sink, Saldivar managed to climb out of the driver-side window and shouted at the children to escape from the back, a relative told The Associated Press.

"Obviously they are devastated, as we all are as well", he said. Divers were en route to recover the bodies and chaplains were on the way to console the family watching from a nearby bridge. He loaded the children into the back - Devy and Dominic, both in their teens, and 8-year-old Xavier and his 6-year-old sister Daisy - and set out into the torrential rain on Sunday afternoon.

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"Just knowing their words of comfort was enough to get me through the day today", Ms. Salazar said.

A North Carolina woman fears some of her family members are dead in the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

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

Danny and his wife weren't home; they had vacated the neighborhood hours earlier, Ric said. "They were good kids".

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.

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

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