Check out this pic I took today of my backyard during a storm: All of that water is from a small opening on the right side of my fence and it goes rushing through there. I even packed in a lot of dirt and the water eventually pushed through it all. You can see in this pic how the black dirt was pushed away: It looks scary in real life since that water is really moving fast. The problem is that all of the homes around me are up on little hills and the water that drains from their homes is supposed to go out into the street, and most of it does but it also likes to take a little detour into my back yard. However, when I went outside all of that water never actually touches my house. It is about eight inches away, even though I know they say it has to be about 10 feet. The funny thing is that the rest of the yard is not even muddy since all of the water flows in the direction where you can see in the pic. I have done a good job digging trenches and running downspout water away from my house for the left side that is not pictured, but I probably need a professional and spend thousands to fix the major problem. I may not be willing to do that though as this is not my dream home. I just kept getting all of my home bids rejected and wanted to get a home before the first time homebuyer tax expired (before they announced the extension). I do not hate the house but I do not plan to be here forever hopefully. Also about 30 minutes after the storm most of the water is gone.