Texas native escapes California mudslide in Prius

Driver Escapes Burbank Mudslide

Driver Escapes Burbank Mudslide

"I could hear a rumbling and the rain was coming down hard and I said 'we gotta go now". Rescue officials said numerous missing may simply have been unreachable by family and friends who reported they could not find them.

After months of natural disasters striking Southern California, residents are adding yet another to the list. "I told my girlfriend, 'Hey, I don't know what's happening, but we've got to get ready to go'".

"In disaster circumstances there have been many miraculous stories lasting many days and we certainly are searching for a miracle right now", Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.

Franklin told the TV station that he and his girlfriend soon then packed into the Prius.

"I got halfway down the hill, and I just feel this burst of water", Desionne explained.

The Prius then hydroplaned down the hill for a short while before Franklin was able to regain control of the vehicle and make it to safety, the TV station said.

Watch Prius Surfs Downhill in Rushing Burbank Mudslide
Watch Prius Surfs Downhill in Rushing Mudslide

"My girlfriend was screaming at the top of her lungs: 'Go, go, go!" Prior to his wild ride, Franklin, a native of Dallas, had taken to his Instagram account earlier that morning to post a video of the rushing water.

"One of the cars looked like a wadded up piece of foil paper", said Franklin.

The pair then drove to the Burbank library to survey the damage to Franklin's auto, which he began leasing about seven months ago to drive for ride-hailing apps such as Lyft and Uber.

Despite driving in mud and a few minor scratches, the vehicle still functions fine.

"Our home has been severely damaged, but we are safe, and so thankful for that and for the first responders who are working tirelessly to save people", Bridges wrote on Twitter.

The storm slammed the region late Monday and Tuesday with downpours that triggered flash floods and mud flows on Country Club Drive in the hills above Burbank.

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