Could Marsland be held responsible for the damage caused by the overflow of water from his lakes due to the extraordinary rainfall?

Could Marsland be held responsible for the damage caused by the overflow of water from his lakes due to the extraordinary rainfall?

In the case of Nichols v Marsland [1876] 2 Ex. D. 1, Marsland couldn’t be held responsible for the damage caused by the overflow of water from his lakes due to the extraordinary rainfall. The court ruled that because Marsland had constructed and maintained the lakes without negligence and the overwhelming rainfall was an unforeseeable natural event beyond his control, he couldn’t be held liable for the resulting damages.