Owners of Noah’s ark attraction in Kentucky sued their insuring companies for failing to adequately cover damage to the surrounding property caused by heavy rain.
The ark itself, which is a wooden ship modeled after the biblical ark, had made it through the rain, a representative for Ark Encounter, the theme park, told CNN.
However, the rainfall caused a ‘significant landslide’ on the property, which caused the access road leading to the massive wooden vessel unsafe to use. According to court documents, the repairs cost approximately $1 million
The park owners filed suit in US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, alleging its insurers paid only ‘a very small portion’ of the $1 million cost after telling them to proceed with repairs.
The lawsuit states according to WLWT:
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.
Ark Encounter sought for compensatory and punitive damages.
Melany Ethridge from Ark Encounter said in an email to CNN:
Contrary to some reporting, the damage to certain areas of the Ark Encounter themed attraction was not caused by a ‘flood’.
The ark was built on bedrock and was never in jeopardy. We are highly confident of the merits of our case as we seek a fair resolution with the insurance companies.
According to Christian, Jewish and Islamicholy texts, Noah’s Ark was a massive vessel built at God’s command to save Noah, his family, and a core stock of the world’s animals from the Great Flood.
Ark Encounter’s vessel is ‘live size’ and built to biblical specifications, according to their website.