An elderly man in Louisiana is believed to have died after being attacked by an alligator during Hurricane Ida, according to reports.
The anonymous man, 71, was in his garden in the town of Slidell, according to local news station WWL-TV. According to his wife, he was in the hangar which had been flooded due to the Category 4 storm.
After getting bitten on her arm, she went to see what had happened after hearing a splash. She took it out of the water and then went to get medical supplies, according to the St Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. Upon his return, he was nowhere to be found, according to local law enforcement. His body has yet to be discovered.
The authorities do not consider his death suspicious, but their investigation is ongoing. Neighbors say alligators are known to interact with humans as they often feed them, according to law enforcement.
In a statement regarding the incident, Sheriff Randy Wilson urged residents to be “extra vigilant” when in flooded areas as animals may be away from their usual habitat due to the storm.
According to a video posted on Twitter, a dolphin was seen swimming in the flooding town of Slidell.
At least 15 people are believed to have been rescued in Slidell by emergency services during the hurricane.
According to reports, there have been four confirmed deaths from Hurricane Ida. According to state governor John Bel Edwards, it is believed to be increasing “considerably”.
One million people are said to be without electricity and 2,200 people have been evacuated from their homes. President Joe Biden has deployed 5,000 National Guard members to help with the recovery effort.
According to records, Ida was the 5th strongest hurricane to hit the continent; the winds reached 150 miles per hour. However, it was recently downgraded to a tropical depression as it heads towards Tennessee and Ohio.
“If you had to chart the worst possible path for a hurricane in Louisiana, it would be something very, very close to what we’re seeing,” Gov. John Bel Edwards told The Associated Press before his arrival.
Before Ida, Louisiana was battling the impact of the Delta variant of Covid-19 and there is additional concern about the impact of the virus on the consequences.
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