Teen posts heartbreaking message before she's swept away by flood

Harvey death toll rises to eight
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31 August, 2017

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says the van was in about ten feet of muddy water in Green's Bayou in northeast Houston. The Coast Guard said it also had rescued more than 3,000 by boat and air and was taking more than 1,000 calls per hour.

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

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. "It went head-first in, and water came in real fast".

The six people in the van were identified only as an 81-year-old woman and her 84-year-old husband; two girls, ages 16 and 6; and two boys, ages 14 and 8.

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Six members of a family have drowned in Houston after their van was swept away by currents in the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in the deadliest single incident since the storm began. Sheriff's officials later confirmed the victims were two adults and four children. He described a lucky break for his brother Sammy, who was able to pull himself out of a van he was driving as it was caught up in risky floodwaters in Houston. Sammy was able to crawl through the driver's side window and grabbed a branch until he was rescued 45 minutes later. "They were good kids".

"He's still blaming himself, he was trying to do the right thing to get them out of the flood. and it just happened".

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

"Unfortunately, when the water goes down and we start going door to door, we're prepared for the number of dead to go up", Sgt. Tim Cromie of the Dickinson Police Department told The Washington Post.


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