An entire family of six people has reportedly perished in Houston floods in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Reports suggest that the death of the family takes the death toll in the floods in the last one week to beyond 41.
Reports suggest that the Saldivar family perished in surging waters as they were trying to reach safer areas in their van. While details are emerging about the death of many people in the flood water over the past week, this story seems rather very moving.
A teenage girl, Devy Saldivar, a member of the family seems to have some sort of premonition about what was to come. There is no denying that everyone trying to cross surging water that had risen to dangerous levels in many areas in and around Houston, death and danger might not look very far, more so when deaths were being reported on an hourly basis.
A report by KHOU-TV says that the family’s surviving relatives have confirmed the death of this family.
The girl had apparently expressed fear and anxiety over Hurricane Harvey on social media. One of her post, 16-year old Devy said, “no sleep & anxiety, please let this pass sooner.”
The friends of the family claim that as many as six members of the Houston Saldivar family – including Devy, two children and another teenager – are said to have died in the surging flood water of Tropical Storm Harvey. It was yesterday that authorities were able to locate the van and said that there could be dead bodies inside.
There were six members of the family including Manuel Saldivar, 84, his wife Belia, 81, their great-grandchildren, Daisy Saldivar, 6, Xavier Saldivar, 8, Dominique Saldivar, 14, and Devy Saldivar, 16. In the meantime Houston police Chief Art Acevedo said he hasn’t been able to find details about the report by KHOU-TV.
The girl wrote a number of posts on social media about Hurricane Harvey and dangers from it. One of these social media posts read, “Almost died trying to bring a ladder back to my house from my grandparents house , wow.” She added, “And this is only the first day of it.” In another post she said, JUST KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU AND I HOPE YOU STAY SAFE DURING HARVEY HOPEFULLY YOULL BE OKAY…It’s a category 4 hurricane now , geez.”
A report while detailing the sequence of event about the family’s tragedy said, “the van was driving down Green River Road in Greens Bayou when it hit high floods after crossing a bridge. This caused the van to be swept up in the current, and the driver then crawled out and told the children inside to try and get out through the back door. They were unable to do so.” The driver escaped by hanging onto a tree, KHOU-TV reported, adding that no bodies were recovered and first responders were “in the area” but didn’t have time to rescue the family.
Driver of the van who has been identified by KHOU as Samuel “Sammy” Saldivar has reportedly survived.
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Meanwhile a report by Buzzfeed quoted a family friend Ashley Hiser-Jackson as saying, “They haven’t located the bodies but from what my aunt has said the car is still in the water. I don’t know if the uncle who went to go get them saw the van get swept away. But where the vehicle is, there’s no way to get to it unfortunately.” Meanwhile a GoFundMe page has been established for the remaining family members.