St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana said they are investigating a possible alligator attack in a severely flooded area of Slidell.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, they received a phone call from a woman claiming that her husband was killed by an alligator while treading floodwaters following Hurricane Ida.
The woman said she was inside her house when she heard screaming and went outside to witness her husband being mauled by a giant alligator.
According to her account, she pulled him out of the floodwaters and went inside to get her first aid kit, but her husband was gone when she returned.
The authorities says they have been unable to find the man’s body at this time, and the incident is under investigation.
Despite the South being home to an estimated 5 million alligators, attacks by the reptiles during or after hurricanes are rare.
There have been two confirmed storm-related deaths from Hurricane Ida.
Officials said a man drowned after his vehicle appeared to have attempted to go through floodwater near Interstate 10 and West End Boulevard in Lakeview, Louisiana Department of Health said.
In Ascension Parish, the Sheriff’s office reported a person died after a tree fell on a home in Prairieville Sunday night.