"He was on the island and he looked dry at the time, but he looked upset and he looked like he didn't know what to do," said Glendale resident Susan Corp, who lives a few hundred feet from the river on Paula Avenue.
Glendale, Burbank and Los Angeles firefighters enacted a swift-water rescue at about 10:30 a.m., Parrish said.
Firefighters used an aerial ladder to give Haynes a flotation device, and then another firefighter was lowered by a harness from a Los Angeles helicopter to pull Haynes to safety, Parrish said.
He was not injured and was released shortly after.
"I was just waiting for these brave men to rescue me," Haynes said.
The current — which Parrish estimated was traveling 25 to 30 miles per hour — would have been too strong to battle, Haynes said.
"There's no way," he said. "If you're in that current, you're going to be taken down the river."
Immediately following the river rescue, Glendale firefighters were notified of a mudslide on Glenmore Boulevard, Parrish said.
Police blocked traffic to parts of the street for about two hours as authorities assessed the safety of homes in the area — which curve along the hillside street.
"A building engineer came out and did an evaluation of the property, and he found it to be stable and secure," Parrish said. "The only thing we were seeing was top soil mud coming down the hill. It was cosmetic only. The home isn't in any danger."
The slide was in a neighborhood that was affected by mudslides during heavy rains in January 2005.
Since that time, several of the neighborhood homes have been deemed uninhabitable, Parrish said.
"The water was gushing through," Glenmore resident Robert Fabricante said, pointing to a crevice in the hillside along the road where he said the water was traveling. "It made that crack in the dirt. Me and my neighbor were talking, and the first thing we thought was, 'Here we go again.'"