VENICE, La. - Within hours on Sunday night, dozens of Hesco baskets lined a low-lying area of Highway 23 as crews worked to protect a 3-mile stretch of the critical highway. It's the same stretch that flooded during Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.
Crews spent hours lining a levee near Myrtle Grove with hundreds of sandbags on Sunday.
But now that Tropical Storm Debby no longer appears to be taking aim at the Louisiana coastline, Plaquemines Parish officials said they're now better prepared for the rest of hurricane season.
"We'll leave those improvements in place through hurricane season now, so if we get another storm, it'll already be there," Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser.
Meanwhile, those who live in the area breathed a sigh of relief.
"I'm not worried, we're fishing, enjoying," said Mary Hite, a Myrtle Grove resident, who celebrated by fishing near her home. "We got caught in Lee so I don't want none of that, I don't want to be stranded."
There was some flooding on Highway 23 in Venice, where high tides drew people out to fish in the road.
Still, fisherman heading in for the evening at Happy Jacks noted a big difference in wind gusts and tides from morning to night as Debby headed east.
"The wind has laid down probably 10-15 mph, the water has cleaned up a little bit," said Jason Jaquillard, an Empire Fisherman.
Still, parish officials said they're going to keep monitoring the storm until it hits land.