A driver who rode a wave of muddy water down a twisting street in his vehicle during a Southern California flood says he is lucky to be alive.
Desionne Franklin said on Tuesday morning he became anxious about the weather conditions. "I told my girlfriend, 'Hey, I don't know what's happening, but we've got to get ready to go'".
"I could hear a rumbling and the rain was coming down hard and I said 'we gotta go now, '" Franklin said.
"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.
"I got halfway down the hill, and I just feel this burst of water", Desionne explained.
With his girlfriend screaming at the top of her lungs, 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 rest after similar journeys. In this unsafe scenario, a man escaped a massive mudslide by racing his vehicle down a hill and counts himself as extremely lucky that he could manage to escape it unhurt, unharmed and alive.
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"They looked like wadded-up pieces of paper", he said. "You couldn't even recognize what it was to begin with".
The video was shared by Burbank Firefighters on Instagram and it is scary AF.
On Tuesday, the Verdugo Mountains area that had been charred in the La Tuna Fire last September was particularly vulnerable to flash flooding.
Waves of mud flowed down County Club Drive in Burbank, creating a river in the road during a winter storm Tuesday Jan. 9, 2018. Both cars appeared severely damaged.
"Rocks flowing, mud flowing everywhere".