LAFAYETTE, La. — As Barry barreled northward, residents in the Lafayette area began to check on damage and were quickly grateful things were not worse.
The windsock at the Lafayette airport showed that the Barry winds were, for the most part gone Sunday afternoon.
Buses could still be seen in case evacuations were needed. A lot of people in the community were talking about how they dodged a bullet.
"With all the trees we have around our places, the same concrete slab, nothing touched our home. It was nothing but God that saved us knowing that we was still here, thank God he had some place to evacuate to and he wasn’t home for this mass of destruction that it did to his home," Patterson resident Monica Hebert said.
It’s frightening to think what could have been in this Patterson neighborhood.
Anjelle Patterson was outside watching the storm when Barry sent this tree through her neighbor’s home.
"The last gust of wind took the tree and you could see it and you could see the v-connect and it went over on people’s houses," Hebert said.
Shawn Broaddus, a Lafayette resident, said he was thankful it wasn't as bad as it could've been.
"Very grateful that there’s not more wind damage. The whole anticlimactic part leading up to what we thought was going to be really bad, very happy to have spent the day inside not doing much, I can say that," Broaddus.
Crews perched in cherry pickers looked to get the lights back on for those who suffered damage from the wind.
These workers call Tallahassee, Florida home and made sure the power lines were of no danger.
Even as children made the most of an overflowing pond, and ducks preened themselves in Barry’s final bands of mist, locals were grateful things were not worse and that they had taken time to prepare.
"So I hope maybe even the few people I talk to know that like whenever the cat 4 comes in, we need to be prepared as much as we were this time because a lot of preparation this time for nothing," Broaddus said.
The Lafayette airport is back open for business, giving folks one more sign that life is getting back to normal.