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Surfing Prius Rides Mudslide Wave Down Burbank Street

Surfing Prius Rides Mudslide Wave Down Burbank Street

Firefighters from Burbank California are credited with taking this wonderful video showing a Prius being swept along in a mudslide.

Franklin posted his own video on Instagram of the aftermath, saying he and his girlfriend had "barely made it out".

Franklin couldn't control the brakes or the steering.

"At first I was going slow and I could feel the rumble and I'm going to take my time, but then all of a sudden, you hear this loud rush of water at the back of the vehicle", Franklin said.

A shocking video shot by California firefighters captured the full wrath of the California mudslides, showing a auto being swept away by the raging flows of mud and debris that have plagued the state this week.

"Urban Prius bobsledding in Burbank!" the video caption stated.

Watch Prius Surfs Downhill in Rushing Burbank Mudslide
Watch Prius Surfs Downhill in Rushing Mudslide

"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.

Despite driving in mud and a few minor scratches, the vehicle still functions fine. "My girlfriend was screaming 'go go go'".

So far, 17 people have died in the mudslides, and over 40 people are still missing. His girlfriend was in the auto with him, he said.

"What you can't see in that video is the panic inside", Franklin said. Rescue officials said numerous missing may simply have been unreachable by family and friends who reported they could not find them.

Officials estimated the mudslides destroyed some 64 homes and damaged 446 others.

The region's natural beauty and easy access to Los Angeles to the southeast have long attracted the rich and powerful, including television personality Oprah Winfrey, former tennis star Jimmy Connors, talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and actor Jeff Bridges.