Video footage shows the creature playing in Louisiana’s drenched suburban neighbourhood beside an estate of houses. Those who were evacuated from the area have been told it’s not yet safe to return
A dolphin has been filmed swimming through floodwaters yards from people’s front doors as the devastation of Hurricane Ida was laid bare.
Video footage shows the creature playing in Louisiana’s drenched suburban neighbourhood beside an estate of houses.
Heavy rain and a dangerous storm surge led to extreme flooding throughout the area and one million people are estimated to have been left without electricity.
Residents are still coming to terms with the destruction of the category four hurricane.
Local Amanda Huling took the video and says she and her family spotted the mammal breaching the floodwaters.
The dolphin’s dorsal fin pops above the water several times during the short clip.
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“It’s right there!” someone could be heard in their video, with another person laughs.
According to experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, bottlenose dolphins inhabit the Gulf coast region.
With 150 mile-per-hour winds, it is one of the strongest hurricanes to hit Louisiana since the middle of the 19th century.
The dolphin sighting comes after a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator as Hurricane Ida battered New Orleans.
The pensioner was attacked outside his home after the beasts begun terrorising survivors amid Sunday’s historic storm.
Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng said flooded swamplands posed dangers for search and rescue teams and those living in the decimated areas.
“This is an area that has a lot of swampland, alligators, very dangerous conditions,” she said.
The southern states have an estimated five million alligators in their waters.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has told people who were evacuated not to return to their cities yet.
About 25,000 utility workers are trying to restore electricity but it could take weeks.
“There is no doubt that the coming days and weeks are going to be extremely difficult for our state, and many, many people are going to be tested in ways that we can only imagine today,” Edwards said.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us and no one is under the illusion that this is going to be a short process.
“Many of the life-supporting infrastructure elements are not present, they’re not operating right now
“So if you have already evacuated, do not return here or elsewhere in south-east Louisiana until the office of emergency preparedness tells you it’s ready to receive you.”
Several images were posted online of stores reportedly ransacked and trashed.
A group of men were caught by a drone camera trying to rob an ATM machine while witnesses filmed others looting a store in New Orleans East.