• Texas family dealing with floods from Imelda surprised by alligator

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

    Updated:

    One couple has been dealing with flooding as the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda as it sloshed through southeastern Texas. However, their concerns have an added twist.

    >> Read more trending news

    A 6-foot alligator was circling the house in Jefferson County.

    "There's a big one. And maybe a couple more," Denise Broussard told the Houston Chronicle. "I think he's under the house now."

    Broussard's home is located across from Gator Country, a 15-acre alligator preserve, the newspaper reported.

    As the water level rose to three feet, Broussard's husband went outside to survey his yard after more than 41 inches of rain has been dumped in the area over the last 72 hours. That is when he saw the reptile.

    Broussard was able to snap a photo of the gator, the Chronicle reported.

    "All I could see was the humongous head," Broussard told the newspaper. "Oh, my Lord. How are we going to get out of here.".

    It's not the first time Broussard has faced flooding from a tropical system. Hurricane Harvey flooded her home in August 2017 and forced the couple to tear down and rebuild their home on a 5-foot platform, the Chronicle reported.

    Now, Broussard said she had to make sure her pets stayed inside the house. She also refuses to go outside.

    "We're pretty much sitting ducks right now," Broussard told the Chronicle on Thursday. "We're surrounded. It looks like a lake property.

    "I'm not stepping off that porch until I know there's no gator under our house."

    Next Up: