Video captured a Prius that was caught in one of the waves of mud that washed down a Burbank street during the Southern California's first storm of winter. Instead, he nervously surveyed the scene as it unfolded outside his window "like a torrent of water, and boulders, and rocks, and mud that was a constant flow".
The driver said the firefighters failed to capture the panic he and his girlfriend felt at the time. Franklin and his girlfriend left in a gray Prius. "She's screaming at the top of her lungs - 'Hey, go faster, go go go, ' she's pulling my shirt", he recalled.
Franklin drove slowly down the steep, curving rode through waves of rock-laden, muddy water. "We've got to get out of here!"
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"There was barely any traction", he said.
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For 30 seconds, Franklin lost all control of the vehicle before regaining a little traction. Franklin said he and his girlfriend looked at each other and "just sat there, speechless".
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Remarkably, nobody was hurt in the incident, and the Prius - which Mr Franklin recently had leased to make extra money through ride-sharing - came away with only a few scratches. After turning the corner, Franklin said the sedan hydroplaned the rest of the way down the hill.
The entire street of Country Club Drive east of Via Montana, an area that boasts several million-dollar homes, was under mandatory evacuation as the rain poured down, and several other roads throughout the area were under voluntary evacuation or closed to through traffic.
"They looked like wadded-up pieces of paper", he said. "It got us through hell and high water, literally".
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