To overcome the area's exceptionally wet climate, New Orleans engineers have constructed a maze of culverts, canals, levees, and floodwalls to channel stormwater and drain it into a nearby lake. Unfortunately, many of the existing levees and floodwalls are too old and too short to provide New Orleans with the protection it now deems necessary.

Much of the responsibility for upgrading these levees and floodwalls lies with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New orleans District. One small but important part of this tremendous project is the Orleans Avenue Canal. In July 1993, T. L. James & Co. Inc. received notice to proceed with the construction of a 2,259-lineal-foot reinforced-concrete floodwall along the west bank of the Orleans Avenue Canal. The $1.6 million contract called for the construction of a 17.5-foot I-type concrete floodwall and the removal of an older, shorter I-wall's concrete cap and sheet piling.

T. L. James finished the project in July 1994 - six weeks ahead of schedule. T.L. James is justly proud of its work, which received the praise of local homeowners and a certificate of appreciation for outstanding performance from the New Orleans District of the Corps of Engineers. The general contractor earned its performance award for outstanding ratings in the following categories: quality of work, timely performance, effectiveness of management, and compliance with safety standards.