SLIDELL, L.A. — A 71-year-old man was apparently killed by an alligator while walking in flood waters from Hurricane Ida in Slidell, Louisiana, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. Investigators say the attack happened around midday on August 30th.
A resident in Avery Estates off Highway 90 called the sheriff’s office and told deputies she was inside her home when she heard a commotion and went outside to see a large alligator attacking her husband, according to a news release.
The woman claims she immediately ran to her husband’s aide in an attempt to stop the attack. Once the attacked stopped, the woman told deputies that she pulled her husband from the flood waters and returned inside to gather first aide supplies.
When she returned and realized the severity of his injuries, deputies say she immediately got in her pirogue and went to higher ground, which was approximately a mile away, to get help, according to a news release.
Deputies say when the woman returned her husband was no longer lying on the steps and investigators say the victim hasn’t been located at this time. Search crews have been using high water vehicles and flatboats in an attempt to locate the man, according to a news release.
Sheriff Randy Smith warns residents to be extra vigilant when walking in flooded areas as wildlife has been displaced as well during the storm and alligators and other animals may be closer to neighborhoods.
No other details have been released at this time. Check back for updates.