Family of 6 drowns while trying to escape Tropical Storm Harvey, relatives say

HOUSTON -- A TV station in Houston is reporting that a family of six has drowned northeast of Houston.

According to reporters for KHOU, the family was trying to escape Topical Storm Harvey when their van flooded.

KHOU  says there were four children ages 16 or younger and their great grandparents. The driver, the children's great-uncle, was able to escape the van before it went under water.

Witnesses told KHOU that the van had just crossed a bridge in Greens Bayou when it hit the high water that swept it into the current.

The children's great-uncle says he told the kids to get out through the back door, but they didn't make it.

Witnesses told KHOU, there were first responders nearby when the van went under water, but there was not enough time for them to rescue the family.

KHOU also noted, "Authorities have not officially confirmed the incident, although that is likely because no bodies have been recovered at this time. Three family members did confirm the story. Many of them are just learning of the news today."

Fox 4 is monitoring the situations as well as others in and around Houston and will be providing updates as they become available.