A video taken during Tuesday's rainstorm in Burbank, showing a auto speeding down a hillside street while surrounded by a torrent of mud and water, had garnered more than 62,000 views on social media as of Thursday afternoon.
A terrifying video, widely shared on social media, shows Dallas native Desionne Franklin's auto going down a steep, curved path even as it is chased by a deluge of muddy water.
Franklin couldn't control the brakes or the steering. 'I told my girlfriend, 'Hey, I don't know what's happening, but we've got to get ready to go'.
As the were rafted down the hill, Franklin says his girlfriend was screaming at the top of her lungs throughout the terrifying ride. "Rocks flowing, mud flowing ...everywhere, barely made it out". After turning the corner, Franklin said the sedan hydroplaned the rest of the way down the hill.
"Franklin told everyone: "'We've got to go now.' I was a little frantic".
'One of the cars looked like a wadded up piece of foil paper, ' he said.
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When Mr Franklin recounted his terrifying ride in the vehicle, he described seeing other, mangled cars that had been swept away. "You couldn't even recognize what it was to begin with".
Despite driving in mud and a few minor scratches, the vehicle still functions fine. 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.
On Tuesday, the Verdugo Mountains area that had been charred in the La Tuna Fire last September was particularly vulnerable to flash flooding.
When the storm came Tuesday, he and his girlfriend realized they needed to evacuate their friend's home on Country Club Drive in Burbank immediately.
"Urban Prius bobsledding in Burbank!" the video caption stated. Both cars appeared severely damaged.