Section 18-2-18

Liability for building or raising dam without authority.

Any person who builds or raises a dam or other obstruction across any watercourse, except as authorized by law, and thereby works any injury to any other person, by overflowing his land or in any other way, is liable to such person for double damages for such injury; and he may, if the same is a nuisance to the neighborhood, be prosecuted therefor.

(Code 1852, §2111; Code 1867, §2503; Code 1876, §3577; Code 1886, §3203; Code 1896, §1745; Code 1907, §3906; Code 1923, §7525; Code 1940, T. 19, §51.)