Video Shows Cow 'Wedged' in Tree After Hurricane Ida Being Rescued With Chainsaw

Rescuers worked to save a cow this week after the animal became trapped in a tree in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

Footage posted to social media by the Twitter page of St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana shows two government employees working to get the animal down.

The video shows how one of the two workers uses a chainsaw to cut away the branches surrounding the trapped animal.

Another worker stands by, waist-deep in water.

The tweet reads: "Louis Pomes and Parish Government employees, Tyler Acosta, David Palmer and Roy Ragan, Sr. rescue a cow wedged in a tree in Florissant following Hurricane Ida."

The video is cut short before the cow can be freed. Newsweek contacted St. Bernard Parish Fire Department fire chief Thomas Stone, who said: "The flood water from Ida put the animal in the tree. The animal is safe and returned to the owner—this is the information that I received."

One person who watched the video on Twitter thanked the government workers for helping to free the animal, while another added: "Glad he's getting help!"

Louisiana has been particularly hard-hit by Hurricane Ida, the storm that struck the U.S. this week causing at least six deaths, including two electrical workers who were helping to repair a power grid outage in Alabama.

A number of others have been injured, and hundreds of thousands, in Louisiana particularly, have been left without power.

State energy company Entergy said in a tweet on Tuesday that it could take "several days" to conduct a full assessment of the damage, though the company said it had restored power to around 64,000 people some hours later.

In a news conference yesterday, state governor John Bel Edwards urged people who had already evacuated from the state not to return yet and added: "Many of the life-supporting infrastructure elements are not present, they're not operating right now," according to The New York Times.

Meanwhile, Grand Isle police chief Scooter Resweber told the Associated Press that the storm had been "the worst" hurricane he had experienced.

He said: "I've ridden out other hurricanes—Hurricane Isaac, Katrina, Gustav, Ike—and this is no comparison whatsoever."

Ice and water distribution locations are due to be set up in the city of New Orleans as heat is also a factor.

In a bulletin issued at 5:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said the storm, now called Tropical Depression Ida, was moving into the central Appalachians and warned widespread heavy rain and "areas of life-threatening flash flooding" are likely near the storm's track.

Additional alerts and bulletins about Ida can be found on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) website on its Hurricane Ida Advisory Archive here.

This article has been updated to include a comment from St. Bernard Parish fire chief Thomas Stone.

Louisiana after Hurricane Ida
An aerial photo taken on August 31 shows destruction near Point-Aux-Chenes, Louisiana, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. The storm made landfall last weekend. Win McNamee/Getty