Gator crawls out of Laplace storm drain, perches on porch

Gator crawls out of Laplace storm drain, perches on porch
Published: Sep. 4, 2015 at 8:36 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 4, 2015 at 9:42 PM CDT
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LAPLACE, LA (WVUE) - Jodi Luna had just left for work when something caught her attention.

"I saw something coming out of this drain. It was half in and half out," she said.

Luna grabbed her phone and snapped a picture.

"I thought I was watching something from the Sci-fi channel," Luna said.

She couldn't believe her eyes. A 10-foot-long alligator was crawling out of a storm drain.

"Jodi called me up and she said, 'You're not going to believe this, but there's a big gator that just came out of the storm drain in my neighborhood. I can't get anybody to help. Can you come over?' I said, alright, I'll be there in a minute," Richard Weber said.

Weber, known in Laplace as "Chicken," quickly arrived.

"When I got here, I was like, oh lord. She said she call the man and he was on his way. I said, well, how big did you tell him this thing was? She said, I told him 6 feet. I said, well you better give me his number because he's going to need reinforcement," Weber said.

The gator continued to stroll through the neighborhood and even knocked on one family's door.

"He walked through their garden and then started banging on their door," Luna said.

"It was in the corner, and it just started thrashing it's head around. I kept thinking, man if those people come out and they got a dog, it isn't going to be good," Weber said.

We have no idea how long the alligator was actually inside of the drain, only that he was probably desperate to get out.

"There's a canal on the other side, and it pretty much lines up here. It probably got into the pipe, came up this way and when it got here, all he could do was come up," Weber said.

They say they've seen alligators around the neighborhood before, but never anything like this.

"It's the talk of Laplace. It's the talk of the town," Luna said.

Neighbors say the gator crawled into a pond behind their house before he could be caught.

If you see a gator in your neighborhood, you can report it to Wildlife and Fisheries. For more information, click here.

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