Residents in a neighborhood devastated by August 2016 flooding awoke Sunday morning to find rising waters once again.

Youngsville Police Chief Rickey Boudreaux and his team were prepared to wake residents of Highland Ridge as water approached their doorsteps, but water began to drain from the area before it was necessary.

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Boudreaux drove his patrol Jeep slowly through the neighborhood to check on residents throughout the day. They are also his neighbors since Boudreaux, too, lives in Highland Ridge.

"If it stays like this, we'll be OK," Boudreaux told concerned residents Sunday as he drove through Highland Ridge. "We just don't need those hard downpours."

About three-fourths of the neighborhood's 330 homes flooded in August 2016. Boudreaux's home was among them.

Since then, Youngsville has done work on ditches, coulees and levees near the neighborhood. City employees also drained Highland Ridge's ponds into a coulee ahead of the storm's arrival.

"The work they did really helped a lot," Boudreaux said.

Still, Sunday morning's heavy rains brought floodwater to people's doorsteps in some cases.

Elsewhere in Lafayette Parish, Barry left behind branches, a few trees and power lines in its wake. About 6,000 residents lost power Saturday night as the storm pushed north through Lafayette.

Neighboring parishes fared far worse.

Iberia Medical Center evacuated more than 50 patients Saturday night. 

More than 30,000 Iberia Parish homes were without power, and floodwaters lingered there and in Vermilion Parish on Sunday afternoon.

A few homes flooded in the region, but the devastation wasn't nearly as widespread as it was in August 2016.

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And while Acadiana is expected to see intermittent showers through Tuesday, rainfall totals fell short of the 20 inches forecasters had predicted. 

Breaks in the rain allowed areas with high water recede.

It was a relief especially to the anxious homeowners in Highland Ridge who awoke to heavy rains Sunday that felt all-too-similar to that day in August 2016.

As Boudreaux drove through the neighborhood that morning, many residents approached his Jeep for reassurance.

"Alright, so I've barricaded the garage, front door, back door," one woman said. "And I put that expandable foam in the weep holes. Do I even have a shot?"

"Yeah, you got a shot," Boudreaux told her. "If we stay like this, we're going to be OK."

"I'm just wondering if the water does come, will the stuff I did hold the water back?"

"It should," he told her "It'll certainly help. You'll be alright."

"I'm not even sure that I need that to be true," she said with a nervous laugh. "And FYI, the first window inside my gate is the door. So if you had to come and tell me something or had to come and get me, that's where I'll be."


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Boudreaux had high-water rescue vehicles parked outside of the neighborhood and created a temporary shelter at the nearby Ernest Gallet Elementary School. He'd even told his wife to pack a bag and prepare to evacuate.

But rescues weren't necessary, as water receded from Highland Ridge with a mid-morning break in rain and continued to drain throughout the day.

Outside of that neighborhood, Youngsville officials saw street flooding in the Beacon Hill Subdivision as well as on Larriviere Road, Hillridge Drive and Fortune Road.

There were no mandatory evacuations or rescues in the city as of Sunday afternoon, according to the police chief.

"We've had some that have voluntarily left on their own," Boudreaux said. "Some of them still suffer from anxiety from the 2016 floods, so they're pretty quick to jump in vehicles and get away from it."

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Email Megan Wyatt at mwyatt@theadvocate.com.