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We have been having flooding problems from a 3ft. Culvert that

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We have been having flooding problems from a 3ft. Culvert that passes beneath our house from the beginning of July. This was the first we new it was there lived here for over 30years. The council have dredged tons of silt from the culvert gathered as it states over 100's of years. This work has not cured our flooding problem. Council claims that it cannot do more and that we are responsible under Riperian law for the culvert under our property. I do not see how this is so. The culvert runs for at least half a mile taking water from the A1 motorway through the village then 20ft under my house to the road outside and discharges into the beck. I would appreciate any help to clear up my position.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
What is my position in respect of this riperian law and what are the councils responsibilities with the flooding
Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.
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