WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. —
The owners of Northern Kentucky’s Ark Encounter — a wooden replica of the biblical Noah’s Ark — are suing over rain damage.
In the Bible, the ark survived an epic flood. Yet the owners of Ark Encounter are demanding their insurance company bail them out after flooding caused nearly $1 million in property damage.
The Ark Encounter says in a federal lawsuit that heavy rains in 2017 and 2018 caused a landslide on its access road .
Crosswater Canyon Inc. and the Ark Encounter have filed suit against multiple defendants who comprise the business’ insurance underwriters after their property was damaged by heavy rains.
According to the suit, heavy rains caused a landslide and some structural support damage near the ark exhibit. The ark itself was not damaged
“Subsequent to heavy rains, a significant landslide occurred along portions of the slope, which eliminated the structural support for the roadway, caused significant damage to the road surface itself and the incorporated improvements, and rendered portions of the road unsafe and unfit for use,” reads the suit.
The lawsuit states that engineers fixed the roadway at a cost of $1 million, but when they asked insurers to cover the repairs, the insurers refused.
The defendants denied liability, according to the lawsuit, citing faulty craftmanship as the reason for the road issues.
But officials with Ark Encounter encouraged them to reconsider.
The defendants later said only a part of the Ark Encounter’s loss was covered under the policy, the lawsuit reads.
“By refusing to pay all but a very small proportion of Plaintiffs’ covered claim, the Defendants have failed to meet their Policy obligations and failed to handle Plaintiffs’ claim properly and in good faith, causing Plaintiffs to incur significant additional loss and expense,” the lawsuit reads in part.
The lengthy lawsuit asks for both punitive and compensatory damages.
The 510-foot wooden ark, modeled after the one in the biblical story of Noah, opened in July 2016.
The group that built the ark, Answers in Genesis, promotes a literal interpretation of the Bible’s Old Testament and predicted 2.2 million visitors a year.
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