Driver recalls terrifying moment mudflow sweeps away his auto after evacuating home

The wall of muddy water had been been behind Desionne Franklin's Prius and shoved the Prius with the couple inside but once it was under their car it just hydroplaned

Firefighters from Burbank California are credited with taking this awesome video showing a Prius being swept along in a mudslide. 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.

Thankfully though, KTLA reports Franklin "managed to get some traction and maneuver the auto to the bottom of the hill, where several other smashed-up vehicles had come to a rest after similar journeys".

The driver of the auto, Desionne Franklin, told FOX5, he and his girlfriend were at home Tuesday morning when they realized they needed to evacuate.

California in the United States has seen massive mudslides recently which have devastated the region, uprooting trees, demolishing cars and vehicles and sweeping entire houses away.

"Urban Prius bobsledding in Burbank!" the video caption stated.

Terrifying The wall of water has engulfed the undercarriage of the vehicle at this point
Terrifying The wall of water has engulfed the undercarriage of the vehicle at this point

"I could hear a rumbling and the rain was coming down hard and I said 'we gotta go now".

The couple hopped in the auto and started driving - but soon realized the mud had overtaken the vehicle and was sweeping them down the road. "The brakes didn't work". He praised the auto for how it handled the mud and helped him and his girlfriend survive without serious injury. In a video that's now gone viral you can see their Prius surfing down the mudslide. "We know we are lucky this turned out to be a positive story".

Givens said they were hydroplaning.

The mudslides have raged in Southern California this week.

The Associated Press reports 100 homes have been destroyed and 446 others were damaged in coastal Montecito, a wealthy enclave northwest of Los Angeles.

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