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When actions are taken to manage a flood and damage to crops occurs as a result, who does a farmer claim against?

A recent case before the Land Tribunal (Robert Lindley Ltd v East Riding of Yorkshire Council [2016] UKUT 6 (LC) (11 January 2016) dealt with this question.
The facts of this case related to flooding in the festive period 3 years ago. It was agreed between the parties that the damage to the crop occurred sometime between 28th December and 31st December 2012. The parties disagreed over who was liable to compensate the farmer.
From 24th December 2012 the Environment Agency provided pumps which were used to divert flood waters away from the village but which resulted in the farmer’s field being flooded and causing damage to the crop. On 28th December the local authority chaired a multi-agency meeting to discuss the best way of managing the flood. On 2nd January the Council took over supervision of the pumps supplied by the Environment Agency.
The Council argued that until 2nd January responsibility lay with the Environment Agency or the local fire authority. The farmer argued that the Council was the lead local flood authority and as such other agencies were just assisting and that the Council was liable for the entire duration of the flood and therefore liable during the time period during which the crop was damaged.
The Tribunal decided that the Council was liable under sections 14 and 14a of the Land Drainage Act 1991. The Council was the lead local flood authority and as such anything done by the Environment Agency or other agencies was done on its behalf.