Feared Dead In Houston; Van Swept Away

The four children and their great-grandparents were trying to make the journey from their home to another family member’s home when they were caught in floodwaters at the intersection of Green River Drive and John Ralston Road, Ashley Hiser-Jackson, a California-based relative, told BuzzFeed News.

Residents cross high water on North Braeswood Blvd to escape the flooding from Hurricane Harvey Aug. 28, 2017 in Houston.

Three members of the unidentified family told KHOU that four children were in a van with their great-grandparents and great-uncle Sunday when it was swept up by the current of flood waters as the van crossed a bridge in Greens Bayou. He told the children inside to try and get out through the back door, but they were unable to. Virginia Saldivar said her brother-in-law could only watch as the van disappeared under water. ‘That’s when my husband dropped the phone and started screaming’.

84, and his wife Belia, 81; Devy Saldivar, 16; Dominic Saldivar, 15; Xavier Saldivar, 8; and Daisy Saldivar, 6. The widespread flooding prevented them from getting home until Sunday afternoon.

“It’s so unfair”, said Esmeralda Saldiva, the children’s aunt through marriage. Three family members confirmed the story to KHOU 11 News, even as many of them are just learning of the news. KSAT reported that he survived the ordeal by grabbing onto a tree branch.

An elderly couple and their four great-grandchildren are feared dead after relatives say they drowned while fleeing devastation from Harvey. But where the vehicle is, there’s no way to get to it, unfortunately.

As soon as it is safe to return to Houston, Saldivar said from a relative’s home in Humble, Texas, she and her family will go looking for the bodies themselves.

‘Finding my babies, ‘ she said, ‘that’s my ultimate goal’.

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