A 71-year-old Louisiana man has been presumed dead after a large alligator attacked him in an area flooded by Hurricane Ida, officials said Monday.
According to the Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The wife told MPs that she was inside the residence when she heard a commotion, came out, saw the attack and rushed to help her husband.
She pulled him out of the floodwaters after the attack was over and entered the house to gather first aid supplies, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
Slidell Fire spokesman Jason Gaubert told NBC News the man lost an arm.
“When she (…) realized the seriousness of her injuries, she immediately got into her canoe and went to higher ground, about a kilometer and a half away, to get help”, the sheriff’s office said. “When she came back, her husband was no longer lying on the steps.”
Authorities used boats and vehicles on the high seas to search for the man, but could not find him.
Sheriff Randy Smith urged people to use caution when walking in flooded areas.
“Wildlife was also displaced during this storm and alligators and other animals may have come close to the neighborhoods,” he said.
At least four people in Louisiana and Mississippi have died in the wake of Ida, one of the strongest hurricanes to ever make landfall in the region.
Two people were killed and 10 were injured Monday night after a 50-foot stretch of highway collapsed in George County, Mississippi, an area that has seen torrential rains in the past 24 hours . Three of the injured were critical, according to Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Calvin Robertson. Authorities have not identified the two deceased.
Earlier today, two deaths in Louisiana were linked to the storm: a 60-year-old man who died in Ascension Parish when a tree fell on his home and a man who drowned after driving on a flooded road, authorities said.