Oh, sweet irony. You couldn’t make this up. However, this is not fake news…
Read the Courier Journal for the full article.
The owner of the life-size replica of Noah’s Ark in Northern Kentucky has sued its insurers for refusing to cover, of all things … rain damage.
Ark Encounter, which unveiled the 510-foot-long model in 2016, says that heavy rains in 2017 and 2018 caused a landslide on its access road, and its five insurance carriers refused to cover nearly $1 million in damages.
In a 77-page lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Ark Encounter asks for compensatory and punitive damages.
The ark itself was not damaged and the road has been rebuilt, according to the suit.
The park is open, said Melany Ethridge, a spokeswoman at the attraction’s Dallas-based public relations firm, who only laughed when informed that Ark Encounter had sued over flood damage.
“You got to get to the boat to be on the boat,” she said.
But to Ark Encounter’s lawyer, Amanda Brooke Stubblefield, at the Cincinnati firm Keating, Muething & Klekamp, the suit is no laughing matter. “We are not going to comment to the press on this case,” she said.
Park owners are seeking punitive and compensatory damages.
Melany Ethridge of Ark Encounter made it clear Friday that the waters were not quite of biblical proportions.
“Contrary to some reporting, the damage to certain areas of the Ark Encounter themed attraction was not caused by a ‘flood,’ ” she said in an email to CNN.
She confirmed that the damage had been repaired, and that the ark had not been at risk.
“The ark was built on bedrock and was never in jeopardy,” she said.
“We are highly confident of the merits of our case as we seek a fair resolution with the insurance companies.”