Yes. In disposing of unwanted or excess surface water, landowners may be liable for their action or inaction that results in damage to neighboring properties. Landowners may be responsible for the following:
•Altering a watercourse or natural drainage way
•Collecting and discharging water onto their neighbors' land in quantities greater than, or in a manner different from, its natural flow, including, but not limited to:
- Altering the natural landscape
- Causing water to be trapped by grass clippings or other lawn waste
- Failing to maintain designed drainage pipes and systems
•Exercising their rights in bad faith or failing to avoid unnecessary damage to others' property
For more information on drainage requirements, check with your local government planning department.