Caught on camera: Driver rides out mudslide

Desionne Franklin sits in his Prius Jan. 11 2018 two days after riding it down a river of mud in Burbank

A shocking video shot by California firefighters captured the full wrath of the California mudslides, showing a vehicle being swept away by the raging flows of mud and debris that have plagued the state this week. "Barely made it out", he writes alongside the video.

Dallas native Desionne Franklin's Prius is seen flying on top of a river of mud that was cascading down a Burbank hill at a frightening clip on Tuesday.

"I just got pushed down the side of hill by a wall of water and mud", Franklin said in a later Instagram video". The vehicle was mucked up and scratched, but still functions fine. Franklin explained the scary experience.

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'The rain had started coming down, and I start seeing the rocks and boulders again, ' he described. "The brakes didn't work".

So far, 17 people have died in the mudslides, and over 40 people are still missing.

"But it was my movie at the time", he said. In the viral clip, which was posted on January 10, a auto is seen being dragged away due to the force of the mudslide. "We know we are lucky this turned out to be a positive story". 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.

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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.

After months of natural disasters striking Southern California, residents are adding yet another to the list.

Crews on Friday continued to dig through the muck and rubble to look for more people. Neighborhoods below burn area are more susceptible to flooding because vegetation that would normally help absorb rain is stripped away by the fire.

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