Officials Identify A High School Coach, A Family Of Six, And Others Who Lost Their Lives In Tropical Storm Harvey

Officials Identify A High School Coach, A Family Of Six, And Others Who Lost Their Lives In Tropical Storm Harvey

Ruben Jordan died helping people escaping the rising waters.

Published August 30, 2017

As the death toll from Tropical Storm Harvey continues to rise, Texas officials are expecting more destruction as the storm touches land for the second time. By now, images of a submerged Houston have shocked the country, and the stories of the victims who did not survive has devastated many. 

Although a large number of Houston residents remain missing, officials have begun identifying those whose bodies they’ve recovered.

On Tuesday, authorities revealed 10 people, including a veteran Houston police officer, a family of six, and a retired high school football coach, who died in Harris County as a result of Harvey, reported Buzzfeed News.  

  1. Former high school track and football coach Ruben Jordan, 58, died in the floods after helping people escape the rising water levels

    Jordan, who went missing on Saturday, was helping people escape the water. He worked for the Clear Creek Independent School District for 30 years as a track and football coach.

    In a statement posted on Facebook, Jordan's family thanked those who had helped in the search. 

    "Our family would like to extend our sincere appreciation and thanks for the effort, support and prayers we received while trying to locate him," the post read. "At this time we ask for your continued support, prayers and respect as we grieve and work towards making arrangements to lay him to rest. Words can't begin to explain how grateful we are to be a part of such a strong, supportive and loving network of friends and family."

  2. The Saldivars, a family of 6, were swept away by heavy water while trying to escape in a van

    The four children were identified by Hiser-Jackson as Devy Saldivar, 16; Dominic Saldivar, 14; Daisy Saldivar, 6; and Xavier Saldivar, 8. They were with their great-grandparents Manuel and Belia Saldivar, who were 84 and 81 years old. 

    GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the family.


  3. Houston Police Sgt. Steve Perez drowned while he was attempting to drive to work on Sunday
  4. Emergency responders in Beaumont, Texas, along the Gulf Coast, recovered a little girl in stable condition and her unresponsive mother as they floated down a canal

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Melissa Rose Magana via Facebook)


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