Owners of Noah’s Ark replica ‘museum’ sue insurers… for rain damage

The house owners of Kentucky’s ‘Ark Encounter’ creationist museum, a 510-foot-long mannequin of the biblical Noah’s Ark, are suing their insurers for refusing to cowl rain damage after a landslide took out their entry street.

The attraction’s proprietor is suing Allied World Insurance, its use firm, and three different carriers for refusing to bail out the Ark for practically $1 million in damages after a number of months of heavy rains brought about a landslide that blocked its entry street.

Ark Encounter’s lawsuit signifies the rain lasted for fairly a bit greater than 40 days and 40 nights, lastly sending half of the street sliding down the adjoining hillside, a mishap the insurers initially blamed on defective workmanship (when the temptation in charge an “act of God” should have been huge). They ultimately conceded they have been liable for a small portion of the damages, however the swimsuit – in a piece headed “prayer for aid” – calls for compensatory and punitive damages, in addition to attorneys’ charges, claiming the insurance coverage firms acted with “oppression, fraud, and malice” to disclaim the declare.

The Ark was undamaged within the flood and the street has since been rebuilt. The Ark Encounter’s PR agency mentioned in a press release to the Louisville Courier Journal that operations have been by no means affected.

Owner Ken Ham claims the Ark Encounter is the largest timber-frame construction on earth, constructed to the precise bible-approved dimensions of Noah’s Ark, which he and different Christian fundamentalists consider survived a world-engulfing flood with two of all types of animal aboard. The “museum” options a number of ranges populated with animatronic people and animals, together with dinosaurs.