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Video shows couple’s mudslide survival

A COUPLE who rode a wave of muddy water down a twisting street in his Prius during a Southern California flood are lucky to be alive.

“I just got pushed down the side of a hill by a wall of water and mud,” Desionne Franklin said in an Instagram video after enduring the terrifying ride.

“Rocks flowing, mud flowing everywhere. Barely made it out.”

Franklin, 44, and his girlfriend evacuated a friend’s home where they were staying as waves of storm run-off began pouring down Burbank’s Country Club Drive, a steep foothill street near hiking trails and a golf course.

In the mountains above, water, rocks and mud cascaded down from an area stripped bare of soil-stabilising brush by recent wildfires.

Mr Franklin, who is from Dallas, was told the neighbourhood was being evacuated. He and his girlfriend hurriedly left in their grey Prius.

He drove down the steep, curving road through waves of muddy water. The wheels skidded on rocks and rubble and the surging current pushed at the car. …

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