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LPA 49 – Damage caused by water escaping from a neighbour’s Land

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Published in July 2011

In April 2010, New Civil Engineer magazine reported on a rail disaster in Italy in which 9 people died when a train was derailed by a landslide possibly triggered by failure of an irrigation pipe on adjacent land. This LPA addresses a number of scenarios where damage to a neighbour’s land may be caused by escaping water and considers the potential liability.