6 Member Of The Family Feared D**d After Trying To Escape Harvey Floods

CBS/AP CBS affiliate KHOU reports six members of a family died when their van swept away in flooding in Greens Bayou, in the Houston location, Aug. 27, 2017.

CBS affiliate KHOU

Witnesses told the station that the family’s white van was driving down a street in Greens Bayou Sunday afternoon when it struck high flood waters.

The van’s driver, the family’s great-uncle, left the van before it submerged under water. He was able to crawl out of the automobile and grab onto a tree limb.The guests included four kids, ages 16, 14, 8 and 6. Their great-grandparents, ages 81 and 84, were also in the automobile. The motorist apparently called out to them to attempt to get out through the back entrance, but they were unable to escape.Witnesses stated first responders were in the location, but were unable to save the guests. Authorities have not yet confirmed

the deaths. But 3 family members of the family confirmed the deaths to KHOU-TV on Monday.Floodwaters reached the roofing lines of single-story homes in some locations Monday and individuals could be heard advocating help from within as Harvey poured rain on the Houston location for a fourth consecutive day after a disorderly weekend of increasing water and rescues.The nation’s fourth-largest city was still mainly paralyzed by among the largest downpours

in U.S. history. And there was no relief in sight from the storm that spun into Texas as a Classification 4 hurricane, then parked itself over the Gulf Coast. With nearly 2 more feet of rain expected, authorities fretted the worst was yet to come.Harvey has been blamed for a minimum of 2 verified deaths. © 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Scheduled.

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The Associated Press added to this report.