Surfing Prius Rides Mudslide Wave Down Burbank Street

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

A man from Dallas incredibly escaped a mudslide chasing him and his girlfriend down a hill in Burbank, California on Thursday. A surge of mud comes downhill, carrying with it a dark-colored Toyota Prius that goes careening down the hill but manages to stay on the curved roadway. "Barely made it out", he writes alongside the video. "I'm like, I'm going but I have no control of the brakes or the steering or anything at that point for a part of the way down". "My girlfriend was screaming 'go go go'". "We've got to get out of here!" The video shows the auto sliding through the mudslide and trying to evade the dangers.

On his own Instagram page, Mr Franklin shared a video of the vehicle to show how the mud had reached nearly the car's windows. Rescue officials said numerous missing may simply have been unreachable by family and friends who reported they could not find them.

"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 said he told everyone, "'We've got to go now.' I was a little frantic".

"They looked like wadded-up pieces of paper", he said.

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

On Tuesday, the Verdugo Mountains area that had been charred in the La Tuna Fire last September was particularly vulnerable to flash flooding.

"Rocks flowing, mud flowing everywhere".

Waves of mud flowed down County Club Drive in Burbank, creating a river in the road during a winter storm Tuesday Jan. 9, 2018.

Country Club Drive remains closed as crews begin a hard cleanup task.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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