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'Barely Made It Out' Says Couple Who Raced Car Out Of Mudslide

'Barely Made It Out' Says Couple Who Raced Car Out Of Mudslideā€

Firefighters from Burbank California are credited with taking this incredible video showing a Prius being swept along in a mudslide. "Barely made it out", he writes alongside the video. The viral video was shot in Burbank.

The driver, Desionne Franklin, told NBC4 he was thinking he might not make it out of the flood area alive. "We've got to get out of here!'" Mr Franklin said. With its headlights and windshield wipers on, the vehicle could be seen in the 26-second video going down Country Club Drive surrounded by a rush of mud, water and debris. Franklin explained the scary experience.

Franklin says when they got halfway down the hill, he felt a burst of water hit the back of the auto. "The brakes didn't work". "She's screaming at the top of her lungs - 'Hey, go faster, go go go, ' she's pulling my shirt", he recalled.

The mudslides have killed at least 17 people. His girlfriend was in the vehicle with him, he said. "I told my girlfriend, 'Hey, I don't know what's happening, but we've got to get ready to go'". They began packing their things and shoveled about 2 to 4 feet of mud that was caked up in front of the driveway, Franklin said.

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.

Crews on Friday continued to dig through the muck and rubble to look for more people.

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



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