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At least 19 reported dead from Harvey in Texas

At least 19 reported dead from Harvey in Texas

While the driver managed to get out and tried telling the children to escape through a back door, witnesses told KHOU, they were left trapped inside as the van sank.

Officers found a man clinging to a tree and used a rope to rescue him. The family's van was located Wednesday morning after getting swept away on Sunday.

Sammy's brother Ric said water "picked up" the vehicle and sent it plunging into a stream.

On Sunday, a family of six drowned while trying to escape Hurricane Harvey's floodwaters.

Police say the elderly couple's son Samuel "Sammy" Saldivar, told them he was driving eastbound on Green River Rd. near John Ralston Rd. when rising water in Greens Bayou overcame the van in which they were traveling and swallowed everyone except the driver.

"He was yelling at the kids to come out of the back of the van", Saldivar said. Sheriff's officials later confirmed the victims were two adults and four children.

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The Harris County Sheriff's Office said it could not confirm the missing family, but the relatives said they expected once the water receded, they would be found. Witnesses told the station that emergency crews in the area were not able to reach the van in time to rescue the six inside.

"Obviously, they are devastated, as we all are as well", Gonzalez said.

The family members presumed dead were identified in a KHOU report as: Manuel Saldivar, 84, his wife Belia, 81, Daisy Saldivar, 6, Xavier Saldivar, 8, Dominic Saldivar, 14 and Devy Saldivar, 16.

"No sleep & anxiety, please let this pass sooner", 16-year-old wrote about 5:30 a.m. Sunday. "She had her Quinceañera, and you know, it just.It's just...it's unfortunate because I don't want to ask too many questions at the moment because my aunt is trying to get out herself".

Sammy told his brother their parents were holding hands as the auto plunged into the water.

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