A 71-YEAR-OLD man whose arm was ripped off by an alligator in front of his wife in Hurricane Ida's floodwaters was named on Thursday.
Search crews continue to frantically look for traces of "beloved dad" Timothy Satterlee, who vanished on August 30.
“They searched until it got dark yesterday, and unfortunately we still haven’t located Mr. Satterlee,” St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s Capt. Lance Vitter said.
“There is a high probability that he is deceased, but we can’t make that call until we recover the body.”
And now the beasts threaten the post-Hurricane Ida clean-up with floodwaters becoming the new home of alligators in the area.
One family shared a video of an alligator surrounding the entrance of their flooded home in Louisiana.
The gator lurked in the floodwaters at the front door of the destroyed house.
In another video posted to TikTok, a Louisiana local posted a video of an alligator being removed from outside her home.
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Satterlee went missing on Monday after his wife heard splashing in Ida's floodwaters outside their home in Slidell, a suburb of New Orleans.
The victim was believed to have been in his shed, “which had several feet of water in it” when his partner reportedly heard a "commotion" and found the alligator attacking him, cops said.
She then got into a canoe outside of their home and headed for help as neither her phone nor 911 was working in the aftermath of the storm.
When Satterlee's wife, believed to be in her 60s, returned to the house, Satterlee was gone.
Authorities said the victim's arm was ripped off while he was being attacked by the gator.
WWL News reporter Erika Ferrando said locals had told her Satterlee is a "very kind and beloved father".
STPSO Captain Lance Vitter said on Monday: "The body is one of the most – if not the most – important thing of an investigation concerning a death.
"We don't have a body so we can't officially classify this gentleman as deceased."
So far New Jersey has reported 23 deaths, New York 16 deaths, and Louisiana 11 deaths, Sky News reports.
Of those who died in Louisiana, three were from carbon monoxide poisoning after misusing a portable generator.
Locals were left to deal with the aftermath of the 150mph winds – the fifth strongest to hit mainland America – as the storm downgraded.
Elsewhere, two deaths have been reported in Mississippi and Alabama while one death has been recorded in Maryland and Connecticut.
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