December 8, 2021

Hurricane Ida: Man believed to have been killed by alligator while walking in Ida floodwaters in Louisiana, sheriff’s office says

SLIDELL, Louisiana — A 71-year-old Louisiana man is believed to have been killed by an alligator while he was walking in floodwaters after Hurricane Ida, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office stated Monday.

Authorities stated it occurred at about midday in Slidell, northeast of New Orleans.

In accordance to the sheriff’s office, the person’s spouse advised deputies that she was inside her house when she heard commotion.

When she stepped exterior, she noticed a big alligator attacking her husband, officers stated.

The lady ran to assist her husband. As soon as the assault was over, she pulled him out of the water and ran inside to get first help provides.

When she realized the severity of his accidents, she acquired into her boat and went to greater floor, roughly a mile away.

The sheriff’s office stated that when she returned house, her husband was not mendacity on the steps.

Authorities used excessive water autos and flatboats in an try to discover him, however thus far, his physique has but to be discovered.

The assault continues to be underneath investigation and deputies stated they’d no additional data to supply presently.

Sheriff Randy Smith is warning residents to be additional vigilant with walking in flooded areas as wildlife has been displaced as effectively in the course of the storm. Alligators and different animals might transfer nearer into neighborhoods.