Family of 6 presumed dead after van sinks in Harvey floods

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Family of 6 believed to have drowned inside van while trying to escape Harvey floods

Four children and their elderly great-grandparents were swept away in a van while trying to escape rising floodwaters in Houston on Sunday, a family member told BuzzFeed News.

Update 4:50 p.m. August 28: The Harris County Sheriff's Office said on Monday afternoon that it was not immediately able to confirm a report that a family of six was swept away by floodwaters and killed on Sunday. According to family members, the van quickly sank with everyone inside. The driver reportedly called out to them to try to get out through the back door, but they were unable to escape.

"They haven't located the bodies, but from what my aunt has said, the vehicle is still in the water".

The passengers included four children, ages 16, 14, 8 and 6.

The news station reported that the van's driver, the children's great-uncle, was able to escape and cling onto a tree branch.

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Local authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment and have not yet confirmed the incident.

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.

On Monday alone, authorities said they rescued hundreds of people from floodwaters in the Houston area.

Their manners of death will be confirmed later this week.

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. And there was no relief in sight from the storm that spun into Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, then parked itself over the Gulf Coast.

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