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GFunk
LSU Fan
Denham Springs
Member since Feb 2011
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re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
Call Parish Government
Ask for Parish Permit Office
Ask if a Permit was issued for the work
Ask if it was inspected post construction to confirm drainage ordinance compliance
Tell them a drainage issue exists on a permitted project that could impact the Parish and/or municipality's liability if a permit was issued indicating drainage was not impacted as a part of the permitted project

In La, you are responsible for any drainage issue you create for your neighbor. It's well established state law.
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LSUAlum2001
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re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
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It that doesn't work/in the meantime, it would be a shame if the pipe got clogged somehow.


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ItNeverRains
LSU Fan
Franklin, TN
Member since Oct 2007
11907 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
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Call Parish Government
Ask for Parish Permit Office
Ask if a Permit was issued for the work
Ask if it was inspected post construction to confirm drainage ordinance compliance
Tell them a drainage issue exists on a permitted project that could impact the Parish and/or municipality's liability if a permit was issued indicating drainage was not impacted as a part of the permitted project

In La, you are responsible for any drainage issue you create for your neighbor. It's well established state law.


This is correct


man117
LSU Fan
Los Angeles
Member since Jul 2009
563 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
Not much progress so far.

1. I confirmed it is drainage associated with his pool. Area was dry, they got in their pool and I heard the pump running and low and behold more water from the pipe.

2. A guy from the public works department came look at the issue in person earlier this week. Think he's a project manager? Anyway he said he agrees its a problem but he isn't sure they can do anything about it. Said to give him a few days to look into it. That was tuesday, no response yet. I'll give him a week and if nothing happens I'll look into the permit office approach.

Does anyone know what laws or ordinances I can reference when dealing with the parish? I find that when something doesn't directly affect the person I am trying to get cooperation from (parish worker in this case), I need documentation to point to to make people get off their butts and help.


ItNeverRains
LSU Fan
Franklin, TN
Member since Oct 2007
11907 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
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Does anyone know what laws or ordinances I can reference when dealing with the parish? I find that when something doesn't directly affect the person I am trying to get cooperation from (parish worker in this case), I need documentation to point to to make people get off their butts and help


You could argue your neighbor created a private nuisance with regards to ease of enjoyment on your property. I'd consult with an RE atty


GFunk
LSU Fan
Denham Springs
Member since Feb 2011
13626 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
Bolded the relevant sections

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2009 Louisiana Civil Code Article 655 - Natural drainage.

CHAPTER 2--NATURAL SERVITUDES

Art. 655. Natural drainage.

An estate situated below is bound to receive the surface waters that flow naturally from an estate situated above unless an act of man has created the flow.

LA Civil Code Article 656

"The owner of the servient estate may not do anything to prevent the flow of the water. The owner of the dominant estate may not do anything to render the servitude more burdensome."

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This is not the natural flow. An act of man-the permitted work okayed by the Parish ostensibly by the issuance of a permit on the dominant property (neighbors)-has increased the burden (via increased drainage flow)-on the servient (OP) property.

Sounds to me like you're dealing with low info employees or folks who hope this goes away. These legal concepts predate the founding of our state. Hell they trace back to Pre-Napoleonic French Legal concepts. I do believe their basis is in Roman law.
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man117
LSU Fan
Los Angeles
Member since Jul 2009
563 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
Thanks Gfunk and everyone else who has provided advice.


herbstreit4
Ohio Fan
Buckeye Lake
Member since Dec 2007
1546 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
Quikrete..a couple scoops in the end of his drainage pipe should do the trick!


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man117
LSU Fan
Los Angeles
Member since Jul 2009
563 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
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Oh, Lord, good luck. I swear, Lafourche has more unaddressed drainage issues than any other place on earth. And I doubt that your parish code enforcement is going to do anything to help you out.


Hit the nail on the head. Had to follow up with them weeks later just to get an answer. Just was told "we can't do anything about it, civil matter, you might have to file a lawsuit". I swear, pay income taxes, sales taxes, and property taxes so you can have institutions that are supposed to promote organized society. Call them for help, not our problem.


wfallstiger
LSU Fan
Wichita Falls, Texas
Member since Jun 2006
4369 posts
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re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
if misery loves company welcome to my world with difference being am waging battle on federal and state soil...so very dadburn frustrating and infuriating. Is it any wonder why so many lawsuits are filed? My home should be as insulated as the Texas Attorney General!!!


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GFunk
LSU Fan
Denham Springs
Member since Feb 2011
13626 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
So wait...it was an improvement to real property permitted by your local municipality and either the city or parish Permit official, and that same entity or authority is telling you that you have to go the civil court route?

They're refusing to enforce their own ordinance. The reason is they probably did a less than adequate job of ensuring the drainage necessary for the permitted work didn't impact you.

Contact your local police juror/city/parish councilman.

But before that. Who are you talking to that's telling you this?
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NYNolaguy1
LSU Fan
Member since May 2011
13970 posts

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It's also illegal to drain on a neighbors yard. He probably knows that and is why he's avoiding you. It sounds like him or his contractor took a shortcut and stopped the drainage and/or just thought since it was an empty lot at the time "no big deal". He should fix it though.


Nevermind...
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NYNolaguy1
LSU Fan
Member since May 2011
13970 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
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we can't do anything about it, civil matter, you might have to file a lawsuit"


Theres a darker path here. Have a property survey done to get exactly where the property line is. If its on your property put a cap fitting on the end and bury it in concrete. When his pipe starts backflowing he will deal with it on his own.


Rust Cohle
Baton rouge
Member since Mar 2014
1022 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
The water has made a hole 2' under your driveway? That sounds like some pretty serious water flow. You could rent a trencher for the day, and make a French drain to the back ditch. It will probably cost a couple hundred dollars.
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hombreman9
New Orleans Saints Fan
USA
Member since Feb 2009
1725 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
Several people here have told you to plug the pipe. I seriously don't see any downside to this solution.... plus you are going to giggle so hard that you piss your pants every time you see him pull into his driveway.


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cave canem
Mississippi St. Fan
land o sand
Member since Oct 2012
7490 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
Build some type of cofferdam around it on your property and force the water back into his yard, end of issue.


BayouNation
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Member since Sep 2008
1127 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
How about some pics?



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baldona
Auburn Fan
Florida
Member since Feb 2016
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re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
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Build some type of cofferdam around it on your property and force the water back into his yard, end of issue.


This exactly. Screw having anyone else deal with this, I'd go talk to the guy and tell him this. Then send him a certified letter with a receipt saying the same thing.

Then, build up your yard with rocks or something, so that his drainage goes back into his own yard. Levee your yard basically. You could plant some shrubs or ground cover so it's not even noticeable.

What's he going to do then? Complain that he is draining into his own yard? Lol
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Chad504boy
Longwood Fan
Member since Feb 2005
123596 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
Still not sure why we have no pics


man117
LSU Fan
Los Angeles
Member since Jul 2009
563 posts

re: Water damage caused by neighbor....
I'll think about posting pics guys. I really don't want to put too much personal stuff up but I do appreciate everyone's input. A few days ago, the neighbor put a coupler on it to turn the outlet but water still pools in that area. I really need to figure out how deep the erosion is so I can get it filled properly.


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