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Pop singer seeking damages for flooding

LOS ANGELES ( - Sounds like Rihanna could have used an umbrella-ella-ella big enough to cover her entire home.

Singer Rihanna poses during the launch of her fragrance "Reb'l Fleur" at a House of Fraser department store on Oxford Street in London August 19, 2011. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

The “Rude Boy” songbird filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday against Prudential California Realty and the former owner of her Beverly Hills home, alleging that they should have informed her of several construction defects that made the residence conducive to flooding -- which is exactly what ended up happening.

The singer has also named a property-inspection service in the suit.

Rihanna, born Robyn Fenty, purchased the home in July 2009 for $6.9 million.

According to the suit, during the purchase of the home she was kept in the dark about several problems with the home -- problems that came to light following a “moderate rainstorm” in January 2010.

“The rainwater pooled on the second floor balcony and seeped into numerous rooms of the house, causing extensive water intrusion into various rooms,” the suit claims.

After the flood, the singer hired an engineering firm to assess the damage; during an inspection, the firm found “a host of defects in the property, including numerous waterproofing defects and evidence of water intrusion and associated damage.”

Because of the defects, the suit alleges, the actual value of the home is “millions of dollars less” than the $6.9 million she paid.

Rihanna, who alleges professional negligence, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, breach of contract and breach of implied warranty, is seeking unspecified damages, plus interest, court costs and attorneys’ fees.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.