Is a landowner liable for storm water runoff flooding the property across the road?

Full Question:

Is a landowner liable for storm water runoff flooding the property across the road? The storm sewer runs under the road from a farm field and floods 4 homeowners every time we get heavy rains.
04/20/2017   |   Category: Real Property   |   State: Iowa   |   #35965

Answer:

The owner of the Farm should not be liable unless the contour of the land was modified or drainage modified that caused the flooding. However, there may be something the owner could do to prevent the flooding but the other people should pay for it.