Officials in Texas have reported at least 35 fatalities from flooding caused by Tropical Storm Harvey, and the death toll is expected to grow, Reuters reports.
The Houston Chronicle reported authorities discovered six bodies in a white van that drove into high waters and was pushed off road into a bayou. One passenger escaped, but his family members could not make it out of the vehicle.
In Fort Bend County, a husband and wife died Wednesday afternoon when they drove their Toyota Tundra into flood waters. Although the couple attempted to contact authorities, help arrived too late.
One man died from electrocution on his way over to his sister’s house to pick up her cat. Although he drove his vehicle part of the way to her residence, the flood waters forced him to walk to her property.
In Beaumont, Texas law enforcement found Wednesday the body of a woman floating in flood waters. On Tuesday, authorities discovered a 3-year old child still grasping on to the corpse of her drowned mother in an overflowing canal.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told The Chronicle he is concerned that once the waters recede that is when additional bodies will be discovered.
“Our worst fears,” Gonzalez said at the scene of the van recovery, “have been realized.”