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The responsibility for the maintenance and improvement of drains, ditches, and watercourses, whether established county ditches or not, rests entirely upon the land owners affected and benefited. It is not the obligation of the County Engineer to maintain or improve the storm drainage facilities across any individual's property for either agricultural purposes or developed properties. When an individual purchases property, the principle of "Caveat Emptor", or "let the buyer beware", is the purchaser's best guideline. Land ownership has many potential and real benefits, but also comes with certain liabilities. Storm drainage facilities fall under the liability  category of property ownership.

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Storm drainage facilities cannot be closed, obstructed or altered in any way which would reduce the capacity for conveying storm water across private property. Any owner is liable for upstream property damage for failure to properly maintain storm drainage facilities across his or her own property.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:39  
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