May 10, 2013 12:30 PM by MELISSA CANONE
Morgan City Police are warning residents to watch out for alligators wandering into residential and businesses areas.
Due to the rising water levels in the Atchafalaya River and surrounding waterways, the Morgan City Police Department has responded to numerous calls regarding alligators particularly in the Wyandotte area.
Chief Travis Crouch said his department received five calls Thursday and two this morning in reference to the large reptiles.
"High water is flooding ditches driving alligators out of their natural habitat into communities, said Crouch. "Yesterday a small child didn't see the gator in a bush."
There were no injuries and residents are urged to speak to children, urging them not to harass or feed any animals they encounter, according to Crouch. Check your yards periodically for any problems. Alligators and other animals can wander into bushes or flower beds and remain a hidden danger to you, particularly young kids and family pets.
If you encounter any problems, please leave the animal alone and contact the Morgan City Police Department at (985)384-2310, your local law enforcement agency or call 911.