Firefighters Share Video of Prius ‘Bobsledding’ in Burbank Mudflow

Burbank firefighters later said they became trapped in the area of Deer Canyon and Sunset Basins as flowing mud made it impossible for residents to leave their homes. The car’s driver was identified as Desionne Franklin, who posted his own video on Instagram of the aftermath, saying rocks and mud were flowing all around he vehicle and he had “barely made it out.”
Franklin told KTLA he was in the car with a passenger as it slid down the hill. “I just got pushed down the side of a hill by a wall of water and mud,” he can be heard narrating the Instagram video. A post shared by Desionne Franklin (@robotmillennium) on Jan 9, 2018 at 11:39am PST

Shortly before that video was published, Franklin posted another that appeared to be captured from the shelter of a nearby home. Both cars appeared severely damaged. Barely made it out. While the harsh rain that lashed Southern California areas scarred by wildfire early this week brought by far the most deadly and catastrophic consequences in Santa Barbara County, a large amount of property damage was sustained across Los Angeles County, too, as evidenced in a video shared Wednesday by Burbank firefighters. 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 pain poured down, and several other roads throughout the area were under voluntary evacuation or closed to through traffic. A surge of mud comes downhill, carrying with it a dark-colored Toyota Prius that goes careening down the hill but manages to stay on the curved roadway. On Tuesday morning, Burbank police posted video on Twitter of two other vehicles being whisked away in fast-moving floodwater that had turned Country Club Drive into a river of mud. 34.180839

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Mandatory Evacuations Ordered in Burbank Where Floodwater Carried Away Vehicles; Gas Leak, Power Outage Reported The video opens on a hilly street buttressed by homes that looks more like a swift-moving river of sludge. “Urban Prius bobsledding in Burbank,” the clip is captioned. The video was captured by crew members with a local firefighters union, Burbank Firefighters Local 778, as the storm battered the region on Tuesday. A post shared by Desionne Franklin (@robotmillennium) on Jan 9, 2018 at 9:08am PST

It wasn’t immediately clear what street the video was taken on, but on Tuesday the Verdugo Mountains area that had been charred in the La Tuna Fire last September was particularly vulnerable to flash flooding. It was posted to Instagram on Wednesday. “Man, look at California,” he can be heard narrating, while the caption opines that such extreme weather incidents are “the price for living in a beautiful state.”

Paying the price for living in a beautiful state.