Few evacuate in car swept away by fast-moving mudslide
Burbank, California residents are thankful they are unharmed after a wave of mud picked up their Prius, to lift of the ground.
A shocking video shot by California firefighters captured the full wrath of the California mud slides, in which a car is swept away by the raging flow of mud and debris that have plagued the state this week.
A member of the Burbank Firefighters Local 778 filmed and the images of the car careening in a street posted and the images on the group’s Instagram page.
Urban Prius bobsledding in #Burbank ! . . We are granting permission of this video to be used as long as credit is given to the Burbank Firefighters Local 778.
“Urban Prius bobsleighing in Burbank!” the video caption stated.
The driver of the car, Desionne Franklin, told FOX5, he and his girlfriend were at home Tuesday morning when they realized that they had to evacuate.
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“I heard a rumble and the rain came down hard and I said, ‘we must go now,'” Franklin said.
Crews on Friday continued to dig through the rubble to search for survivors.
The couple got into the car and began to drive away-but soon realized the mud had overtaken the vehicle and was sweeping them along the way. Franklin explained the scary experience.
“The steering wheel was shaking and we could feel pebbles and rocks under us,” Franklin said. “The brakes do not work. My girlfriend was screaming: “go go go.'”
The mudslides have killed at least 17 people.
The driver said the fire brigade failed to capture the panic that he and his girlfriend felt at the moment.
“What you can’t see in the video is the panic inside,” Franklin said. “We know that We are lucky this turned out to be a positive story.”
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The mudslides that ravaged Southern California this week have killed at least 17 people and at least 43 others are missing. Rescue officials said many of the missing may just be unreachable by family and friends who report that they could not find them. Many of the mudslide deaths in Montecito, an area that is home to celebrities such as Rob Lowe, Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey.
The mudslides have raged in Southern California this week.
Crews on Friday continued to dig in the mud and rubble to look for more people.
The mudslides, which were ignited by heavy rain, took a lot of homeowners by surprise early Tuesday, despite warnings issued days in advance of the slides were made possible by the recent wildfires stripped hillsides of the vegetation that normally holds soil in place.
Officials estimated the mudslides destroyed about 64 houses and damaged 446 others.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.