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.
After the downpour slowed, Franklin helped his housemate secure sandbags around the home's perimeter and went back to sleep.
However, just a few hours later, one of his housemates told him the neighborhood was being evacuated.
Givens said they were hydroplaning.
But while his housemate was gathering his child and cats, conditions quickly worsened. "We've got to get out of here!'" he says.
Franklin told the TV station that he and his girlfriend soon then packed into the Prius.
That's the powerful burst of mud that can be seen in the video.
While it isn't clear whether anyone was there in the auto or not while watching the clip, according to the reports by ABC News, a man Franklin and his girlfriend were sitting in the vehicle when the video was shot.
"By that time my whole life was flashing before me, 'Oh, this is not about to happen right here, '" he said. "My girlfriend was screaming 'go go go'".
"They looked like wadded-up pieces of paper", he said. "You couldn't even recognize what it was to begin with". In the viral clip, which was posted on January 10, a vehicle is seen being dragged away due to the force of the mudslide.
The couple hopped in the auto and started driving - but soon realized the mud had overtaken the vehicle and was sweeping them down the road.
"I didn't even know a Prius could hold up in nothing like that", he said. 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. "I just wanted to survive and not end up a statistic".