Desionne Franklin described the moment he and his girlfriend were inside a Toyota Prius, trying to escape a powerful river of mud, rocks and water as something out of a movie. "I guess this is going to be it for me, right here", he thought. Prior to his wild ride, Franklin, a native of Dallas, had taken to his Instagram account earlier that morning to post a video of the rushing water. Firefighters did not find the driver, but said they did not receive any reports of injuries in the slide, which blocked streets and moved parked parked vehicles.
"I just got pushed down the side of hill by a wall of water and mud", Franklin said in a later Instagram video".
Franklin told the TV station that he and his girlfriend soon then packed into the Prius. It picked up their vehicle and carried it down the hill.
Then a wave of water crashed into the back of the auto.
As the were rafted down the hill, Franklin says his girlfriend was screaming at the top of her lungs throughout the terrifying ride. "We've got to get out of here!" "Then the hydroplaning started".
The auto got swept along the road due to the force of the mudslide.
"I was completely at the mercy of the flow of the water."
As the rainwater made its way downhill with gathering force, it pried boulders from the ground and picked up trees and other debris that flattened homes, cars and carried at least one body more than 2 kilometres away.
"They looked like wadded-up pieces of paper", he said.
Remarkably, nobody was hurt in the flooding.
With his girlfriend screaming at the top of her lungs, Franklin managed to get some traction and maneuver the auto to the bottom of the hill, where several other smashed-up vehicles had come to rest after similar journeys.
"It got us through hell and high water, literally".