Driver recalls terrifying moment mudflow sweeps away his vehicle after evacuating home

IMAGE Burbank Firefighters Local 778

IMAGE Burbank Firefighters Local 778

"I just got pushed down the side of a hill by a wall of water and mud", Mr Franklin, 44, said in an Instagram video after the terrifying ride.

"My girlfriend was screaming at the top of her lungs: 'Go, go, go!"

"Realistically we suspect we are going to have the discovery of more people killed in this incident", Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said at a Thursday news briefing, adding that he was hoping to find "miracle" survivors.

The video emerged as rescuers frantically search for people who went missing after mudslides ravaged parts of Southern California earlier this week. "Rocks flowing, mud flowing ...everywhere, barely made it out".

Givens said they were hydroplaning. "We have to leave right now'". The brakes did little good as the wheels skidded on rubble, the steering wheel shuddered and the surging current pushed at the vehicle. The sedan is seen nearly floating on the water in the video.

The video is truly horrifying to watch, and it's no wonder the driver thought he was going to die - but he made it out, safe and sound.

'One of the cars looked like a wadded up piece of foil paper, ' he said.

The pair then drove to the Burbank library to survey the damage to Franklin's vehicle, which he began leasing about seven months ago to drive for ride-hailing apps such as Lyft and Uber.

The couple hopped in the auto and started driving - but soon realized the mud had overtaken the vehicle and was sweeping them down the road.

"I didn't even know a Prius could hold up in nothing like that", he said.

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.

Waves of mud flowed down County Club Drive in Burbank, creating a river in the road during a winter storm Tuesday Jan. 9, 2018.

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