Owners of a Noah's Ark replica file a lawsuit over rain damage

Posted Saturday, 25 May 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)They don't build them like they used to. Owners of a replica of Noah's Ark are suing their insurers, saying the companies failed to adequately cover damage caused by heavy rain.The Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky, features a 510-foot wooden ship modeled after the biblical ark.In a suit filed in the Eastern District of Kentucky this week, the park alleges its insurers acted in bad faith after investigating damage to the property.The park owners say rainfall in 2017 and 2018 caused a "significant landslide" on the property. That landslide undermined an access road leading to the ark, making it unsafe to use and raking up some $1 million in damage, according to court documents. The suit claims that representatives from five of the park's insurers inspected the damage and told the owners to proceed with repairs. The owners said those repairs cost "approximately $1 million," and the insurers have only paid "a very small portion."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 itself 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," Ethridge added.Information on the insurers' attorneys was not immediately available. CNN has reached out to the insurers. Noah's Ark is a craft described in Christian and Jewish holy texts as a vessel inspired by God to save Noah -- described as a righteous man -- his family, and at least two of every creature on earth from a global flood sparked by 40 days of nonstop rain.Ark Encounter says on its website that its model ark is "full size," and built to biblical specifications.

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