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Currens v. Sleek

Washington Supreme Court
983 P.2d 626 (1999)


The Currenses (plaintiffs) owned a property next to property owned by Irene Sleek (defendant). Sleek’s property was on land that was higher than the Currenses property, and water naturally flowed down onto the Currenses property. Sleek cleared a portion of her property of trees and graded it, in order to develop four home sites. This altered the flow of water, and a portion of the Currenses’ land flooded. The flooding caused 11 trees to fall, and the Currenses removed an additional 20 trees to ensure the safety of their home. The Currenses sued Sleek for the damage caused by the flooding. The trial court granted summary judgment to Sleek, and the Currenses appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Durham, J.)

Dissent (Sanders, J.)

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