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Old 06-21-2007, 11:16 AM   #21
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This'll make you scream...

Wes Craven sues neighbor Pauly Shore - Yahoo! News

What a nightmare!

Unfortunately it may result in the making of more Pauly Shore movies so he can pay the lawsuit.
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Old 06-21-2007, 12:15 PM   #22
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Odds are Craven has a good suit. This is an excellent example of what I have been talking about.

What a property owner can, and can't do, about water depends on state law.

In the states with which I am familiar you cannot re-direct water that has historically crossed your property. Nor can you add to the historic flow. Discharging your storm water in a way that it saturates your neighbor's property or causes slope instability is not permissible. Irrigation water flowing onto a neighbor's property is a non-starter, it is a slam dunk to document because potable water has different chemical characteristics than storm water.

One of the ways civil engineers disburse storm water slowly is to bury a retention tank and provide constricted outflows. They can even be built in series.

In my neighborhood I am watching a builder construct homes in what I view as a bog, storm water collects there before seeping into the soil. The City can't forbid the construction as the lots would be unbuildable. The water won't cause the site to be unstable but I predict the future owners will have moisture issues.
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In my neighborhood I am watching a builder construct homes in what I view as a bog, storm water collects there before seeping into the soil. The City can't forbid the construction as the lots would be unbuildable. The water won't cause the site to be unstable but I predict the future owners will have moisture issues.
When I was still w*rking and inspecting sewer installations, I always got a slight chuckle out of folks that were having their new 'dream home' built in the middle of a ravine or other natural water course. After the folks would get all settled in and comfy on their 'beautiful' property, we'd get a nice rain storm that would turn their place into a flooded muddy mess.

Then they'd call and tell us that the city sewer was backing-up into their house. We would go out and have to explain to them that, "No, the sewer ISN'T backing-up......it's just the fact that YOU built your house in the middle of a natural water course." ....AND..... "You'll have this problem EVERY time we get a good rain storm, because all that water is trying to run down toward the creeks and rivers in the valley."

They were usually VERY unhappy with all the muddy storm water flowing into and/or through their lower-level family rooms! I guess they could sell and move elsewhere, but I would think that they'd has to disclose the "water problem" to tentative buyers. So, basically.....they're screwed!
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Sounds like my neighborhood. Every house is either on a cliff or down in a hole or a small ravine. We actually have an entire drainage system built into each lot. After inspecting part of it when one of my downspouts fell off the house the other day, mine is currently full of wholesome pine needles and mud.

Cleaning all of that crap out, plus some minor regrading in a couple of spots and the crawl space probably wont have a few inches of water in it come this winter, like it appears to have had in the past.
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