Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Surfing Prius Rides Mudslide Wave Down Burbank Street

Surfing Prius Rides Mudslide Wave Down Burbank Street

Dallas native Desionne Franklin told KTLA he'd never experienced anything like the deluge that hit the home where he is staying in Burbank.

"By that time my whole life was flashing before me, 'Oh, this is not about to happen right here, '" he said.

But a few hours later, his housemate came downstairs to tell him the neighborhood was being evacuated.

A member of the Burbank Firefighters Local 778 filmed the footage of the vehicle careening down a street and posted the footage on the group's Instagram page. They began packing their things and shoveled about 2 to 4 feet of mud that was caked up in front of the driveway, Franklin said.

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

While it isn't clear whether anyone was there in the auto or not while watching the clip, according to the reports by ABC News, a man Franklin and his girlfriend were sitting in the vehicle when the video was shot.


"I got out, pat the bumper a little in the back, put it back in place and kept going", he said.

"My girlfriend was screaming at the top of her lungs: 'Go, go, go!" Other cars were not so lucky.

"One of the cars looked like a wadded up piece of foil paper", said Franklin. The auto was mucked up and scratched, but still functions fine. "I just wanted to survive and not end up a statistic".

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.

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

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