Louisianians were already facing a difficult recovery when Hurricane Ida started creating new problems. One such problem is that Louisianians are now running into alligators while walking down their streets to see if they can get help from neighbors or look around for necessities like food and water. Many Louisianians aren’t used to seeing alligators during the day since they tend to avoid heavily populated places during this time, making them especially dangerous since it doesn’t look like they’re so cautious around people.
This is what a 71-year-old man was trying to do when he went to a neighbor’s house so he could call for help for his wife after Hurricane Ida hit. His neighbor called 911, but by the time help arrived, The man was nowhere to be found. Investigators would later find evidence of an alligator attack on the man’s arm just beyond where his wife had been standing during Hurricane Ida. All that was left at the scene were pieces of clothing and pools of blood-stained into the ground from when he tried to escape.
According to Oceana County Sheriff Terrence McEown, it appears the alligator could drag the man into an area of water that was 8-10 feet deep. The victim’s arm was severed at the elbow, meaning it wasn’t torn off by a single bite, but rather by taking multiple bites while the alligator held the man in its jaws while he struggled for his life.