Louisiana woman survives Hurricane Katrina, alligator



By James Janega
Chicago Times
September 7, 2005


SLIDELL, La.  For nearly a week after Hurricane Katrina blew through, Nancy Hirschfeld faced off with the golf course alligator.

Only her back porch, with its four-by-fours sunk in concrete, kept her trailer abutting the Oak Harbor Golf Course from blowing away. Don't let the pink shorts and T-shirt fool you, Hirschfeld, 63, is tough. She has lived in that home for 27 years, and kept a .38 revolver for 25 of them.

Hirschfeld said she saw the gator early last week, floating in the water that surrounded her home. It had a head like a serving platter.

When she eased into the water and tried to wade to dry ground, the head dropped out of sight. She might not have been able to see the gator, but Hirschfeld said something primal inside her told her the gator was coming. She got out.

Not until Saturday, she said, did the water drop low enough to let her slog away.


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