WATCH: Louisiana Man Rescues Baby Deer Found Swimming After Hurricane Ida Hits Area

by Jennifer Shea

A Louisiana man saved a baby deer from the floodwaters in the wake of Hurricane Ida, a video posted to Twitter appears to show.

The man spotted the fawn swimming through the muddy waters. He plucked it out after it swam right up to him, he said on social media. A video shared on Twitter shows the man holding the baby deer, then adding it to a menagerie that includes ducks and a dog.

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“I’ve always wanted a pet deer,” the man said on Instagram. “Never thought he’d swim right up to me. Lucky we were both at the right place at the right time. Sup Buck! #ida #hurricaneida #louisiana #madisonvillela #prayforlouisiana.”

Louisiana Battered by Hurricane Ida

A Category 4 hurricane, Ida is tied for the fifth-strongest hurricane ever to hit the mainland U.S., with 150 mph winds that flattened buildings, downed utility poles and sent trees crashing into power lines.

As Monday dawned, roughly 1 million people in Louisiana and Mississippi were without power, including all the residents of New Orleans. The eight transmission lines that keep the city’s power grid running failed. One large tower actually toppled into the rising waters.

“We have now lost power. The plant that provides power to Entergy New Orleans was compromised,” Mayor LaToya Cantrell said at midnight, The Lens NOLA reports. “This is citywide.”

But it’s not just New Orleans that is suffering. The hurricane also wreaked havoc in Baton Rouge, LaPlace, Port Fourchon, Houma, Grand Isle and other towns across the region.

AT&T’s phone system has stopped working across southeastern Louisiana, according to the Associated Press. And the 9-1-1 system in New Orleans went out early this morning but has since been restored.

Fortunately, the levees within the federal flood protection system, which underwent extensive upgrades after Hurricane Katrina, appear to have held, a win for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But there were reports of levees overflowing in communities south of New Orleans.

“For the most part, all of our levees performed extremely well, especially the federal levees,” Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said, per Reuters. “But at the end of the day, the storm surge, the rain, the wind, all had devastating impacts across southeast Louisiana.”

New Orleans Looks to Evacuate Remaining Residents by Bus

Meanwhile, in New Orleans, officials announced a boil water advisory for all of Jefferson Parish. And the prospect of protracted power and water outages in the city had officials scrambling to arrange buses to transport people out of the city, reports.

City officials are coordinating with the state transportation department to stage buses at the baseball stadium in Metairie. They will then drive them around Jefferson Parish to pick people up. The officials said residents of New Orleans will likely be without water for a week or more.

Ida is moving toward the Tennessee and Ohio River valleys next, then the Appalachian mountain region Wednesday, per the AP. It will hit Washington, D.C. on Thursday before winding down over New England on Friday.