Texas native escapes California mudslide in Prius

Texas native escapes California mudslide in Prius

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.

They were driving slowly down the steep, curving road through waves of rock-laden, muddy water, when a wave of water crashed into the back of the vehicle. "I'm like, I'm going but I have no control of the brakes or the steering or anything at that point for a part of the way down".

Desionne Franklin described the moment he and his girlfriend were inside a Toyota Prius, trying to escape a powerful river of mud, rocks and water as something out of a movie.

Mr Franklin, 44, and his girlfriend evacuated a friend's home where they were staying as waves of storm runoff began pouring down County Club Drive, a steep foothill street near hiking trails and a golf course.

Desionne Franklin said on Tuesday morning he became anxious about the weather conditions. "We've got to get out of here!'" he says.

"By that time my whole life was flashing before me, 'Oh, this is not about to happen right here, '" he said. "I told my girlfriend, 'Hey, I don't know what's happening, but we've got to get ready to go'".

A resident looks into her car stranded by a mudslide
Texas native escapes California mudslide in Prius

"Oh, this might be how it ends", he thought.

Massive mudslides in California, USA, have devastated the region, uprooting trees, demolishing cars and sweeping entire homes away.

Incredibly, the couple made it safely down the hill, with no damage to the Prius, which Franklin admits wasn't his type of auto, but thought it would be good for ride sharing.

"One of the cars looked like a wadded up piece of foil paper", said Franklin. His girlfriend was in the vehicle with him, he said.

'When I got halfway down the hill, I just felt this burst of water hit the back of the vehicle, ' he said. "It got us through hell and high water, literally".

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