Slidell, LA

Slidell man attacked by an alligator and went missing

Ashley Lideau

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SLIDELL, LA - On August 30, 2021, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office investigated an apparent alligator attack following Hurricane Ida near Avery Estates off Highway 90 Slidell.

At around noon Monday, STPSO received a report from a resident that her 71-year-old husband was attacked and killed by an alligator while walking in floodwaters caused by Hurricane Ida. The wife who was inside their residence immediately ran out to help when she heard the commotion.

Once the large alligator stopped attacking, she pulled her husband out of the floodwater, then went back inside to bring first aid supplies. As she returned to her husband's side and observed the severity of his injuries, she decided to search for help.

She left her husband lying on the steps and went to the higher ground approximately a mile away with her pirogue. However, her husband was nowhere to be found when she returned.

STPSO responded and began searching for the victim with high water vehicles and flatboats. As all attempts have shown no result up until now, the incident is still under investigation and no other information is currently available.

Sheriff Randy Smith reminded residents of St. Tammany Parish to be extra cautious when walking in flooded areas. The storm has caused wildlife to be displaced and may have moved closer into neighborhoods.

On their social media update, STPSO also informed that traveling the roadways is also dangerous as many trees and power lines have fallen down. First responders are cleaning and repairing damages so the parish can get back to normal soon.

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