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Uphill Landowners May be Liable for Damage to Their Downhill Neighbors Caused by Surface Water Run-Off

The weather forecasters claim California is in for a strong El Nino this year. And, although with this drought our state could definitely use some extra rain, if you live on (or below) a hill, the prospect of a lot rain may have you nervous about water damage to your property – especially if your uphill neighbor has made changes to his or her yard that may increase run off into yours. Here are some water law facts to help you hillside homeowners assess surface water run-off issues. So in California, uphill property owners might be liable for property damage to their downhill neighbors caused by surface water run-off if they failed to exercise reasonable care in the use of their property so as to

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