Driver survives as car surfs flooded California road

BURBANK, California (AP) — A driver who rode a wave of muddy water down a twisting street in his car during a Southern California flood said Thursday he is 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 Tuesday’s 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 runoff began pouring down County 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 a recent wildfire. More details in Weekend’s Borneo Bulletin.