A Flood of Trouble for Hambo’s Ark?

There hasn’t been such global clatter in almost four years — not since Ken Ham Shatters All Irony Meters. But now it’s happening again. Our own irony meter blew up, and we’ve had several alerts about this from our network of clandestine operatives, including our Kentucky operative — code named “Bluegrass.”

We’ll start with this from the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky (not far from ol’ Hambo’s Creation Museum). Their headline tells the tale: Owners of biblical replica of Noah’s ark sue over … rain damage (and it wasn’t even 40 days and 40 nights). Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

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. [Hee hee!] 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.

Does flood insurance cover a landslide on an access road? Who knows? It’s amusing to learn that Hambo’s ark actually has flood insurance. Regarding the litigation, the news article says:

In a 77-page lawsuit [Wow!] 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.

What’s all the fuss about? It seems like a simple matter of whether the road was covered by their flood insurance — or if not specifically mentioned, whether erosion like that is automatically covered by flood insurance. We have no opinion about the legalities of the situation, but it’s amazing to us that something which should be straightforward needs to be litigated.

Aside from the merits of the lawsuit, it’s great good fun to see ol’ Hambo suing for flood damage. But as you might imagine, not everyone sees the humor in the situation. The newspaper tells us:

[T]o 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. Ethridge subsequently issued a statement that said: “The lawsuit speaks for itself. We don’t have anything to add at this time, other than to say that we are highly confident of the merits of our case as we seek a fair resolution to the matter.”

That’s enough from the Courier-Journal. To our great delight — and undoubtedly to ol’ Hambo’s horror — the story has gone global — just like the Flood. It’s already been picked up by the British tabloids. Take a look at this headline in the Daily Mail: Noah’s Ark attraction is damaged by heavy RAIN – but insurers are refusing to cover the $1million repair bill. One excerpt should be sufficient:

A Noah’s Ark attraction in Kentucky is suing its insurers after they refused to cover damages caused by RAIN. Owners of the Ark Encounter say excessive rain in 2017 and 2018 caused nearly $1million of damage to the attraction, after a landslide on an access road. And their federal lawsuit is demanding that their insurance companies, including Allied World Assurance Co. Holdings of Switzerland, cover the cost. The insurance carriers refused to cover any of the damage costs, arguing that ‘faulty design or workmanship’ on the road is not covered by the owners’ policy, according to the suit.

Oh, wait! Now there’s a post about this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. It’s titled Faked News, and it was written by Mark Looy, co-founder of AIG. He says:

By now you may have read some fake headlines [Huh?] or watched TV coverage about the Ark Encounter today that reported something similar to this headline … . Now, there has NOT been a flood at our Ark Encounter themed attraction. Just some ongoing rain, two years ago, that caused a hillside to erode — but no flood! That’s all. And the ship was not affected. [Just like in the bible!]

Looy quotes a press release AIG has issued, which says:

Contrary to some reporting, the damage to certain areas of the Ark Encounter themed attraction was not caused by a ‘flood.’ Further, the damage began occurring approximately two years ago and thus this is not a new development. The damaged areas have already been remediated. The Ark itself does not sit next to the damaged areas. 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.

Okay, dear reader, that’s the news (fake or otherwise) from the world of ol’ Hambo. We’re looking forward to learning how it all works out.

Addendum: Here’s a copy of the complaint. It’s a 13 page pdf file: CROSSWATER CANYON, INC. and ARK ENCOUNTER, LLC, Plaintiffs vs. ALLIED WORLD ASSURANCE COMPANY (U.S.) Inc., et al., Defendants.

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17 responses to “A Flood of Trouble for Hambo’s Ark?

  1. Lots of luck on getting flood insurance to pay up. The last I checked only the federal government offered flood insurance and it only covered primary buildings, not outbuildings, or whatever. If they managed to get private flood insurance, well … it’s a miracle!

  2. docbill1351

    It wasn’t even a flood, no water inundation, no structures damaged. Probably should add to that Bible passage about building a house on sand, building a road on clay. Obviously, old Hambo doesn’t have grounds for a lawsuit because they washed away!


    Don’t forget to tip your waiter.

  3. Charles Deetz ;)

    “Just some ongoing rain” … as in 40 days of rain????

  4. The Ark was built on bedrock and was never in jeopardy.
    One might wonder whether there was flood insurance on the Ark. What would the insurance cover; if not the Ark, then why not the land?

  5. Eric Lipps

    Let’s see now: the Hamster’s cage, er, ark was damaged by ordinary rain. Wonder how it (or any wooden vessel not imported from Krypton) could have withstood the kind of rain and rising waters needed to submerge the entire world, including Mount Everest, in forty days.

  6. Ashley Haworth-roberts

    It wasn’t a ‘flood’ just damage caused by rainwater:

  7. Karl Goldsmith

    The best part is a fake news article by AiGs Loony https://answersingenesis.org/ministry-news/ark-encounter/faked-news/

    And Ken would like you to know the Creation Museum is doing great and not a failure you fake news atheists. Actually it would be a, for-profit failure because if you take out the money given by the gullible you get a minus figure. So the latest figures, revenue less expenses is 1.5 million below contributions. The year before had revenue less expenses as 6.5 million below contributions.

  8. Does Ken Ham believe that Yahweh is responsible for rain and other meteorological events? Why should he go after insurers for what is clearly a divine act of disapproval?

  9. Stephen Kennedy

    I am not a lawyer but it seems to me that AIG is not helping their case by publicly declaring the damage was the result of rainfall, not a flood. I have flood insurance on my residence since floods often cause damage in Northern California, particularly the Sacramento area. The policy clearly states that the loss has to be directly caused by a flood, I.e. inundation by water, in order for the policy holder to be compensated, In other words, if there was no flood, there are no grounds to file a claim against an insurer who sold you flood insurance. Land slides are really a geological hazard, and need not to be related to a flood. Land slides cause damage when a builder does not hire a professional geologist to evaluate a property for possible geological hazards before starting construction. I know AIG has a so called geologist on their payroll but he thinks the Earth is only 6,000 years old so I would not count on him to actually do competently what professional geologists do.

  10. FIVE insurance carriers?!?

    Does ol’ Hambo have an insurance fraud scheme up his sleeve?

    (Wooden arks are flammable, right?)

    Multiple insurance pay-outs could come in handy a few years down the road after attendance craters.

    “Nice lookin’ boat ya got there. Be a shame if anything happened to it.”

  11. @Eric Lipps
    Creationists argue Everest and other mountain ranges didn’t exist pre-Flood, but were formed rapidly during and just after the Flood, resulting in the general topography we see today. Why settle for slow, boring (naturalistic) geological time and processes when you can have hyper geological and tectonic activity — helped along by Yahweh’s invincible superpowers — that does the job practically overnight?

    Hyper geology. Hyper evolution. Plain old, vanilla BS.

  12. Eddie Janssen

    @Eric Lipps
    The Ark was not damaged by the rainfall, an acces road was the victim.
    @Chris S: I don’t think planet Earth would have been a nice place to live on if all the tectonic energy released during the millions of years needed to form the mountain ranges would have been released in a much, much shorter period after the Flood.

  13. @Eddie Janssen
    How about the preservation of Noah’s Ark?

  14. Ham’s audience may have a few members capable of seeing the irony here.
    I’m wondering what percentage of visitors are Sunday school kids on church field trips ?? This would seem to be a likely source of a significant part of the attendance.

  15. och will says: “Ham’s audience may have a few members capable of seeing the irony here.”

    I doubt it.

  16. docbill1351

    Hambo’s audience wouldn’t see the irony if the ark was christened the SS IRONY, and Alanis Morrisette was on the poop desk ironing a tunic while singing “Ironic.”

  17. I was just talking with a friend about the Ark thing.
    My friend said, “So they have a lot of animals?’
    Well, no.
    “It’s just a boat?”
    No, it’s a building shaped like a boat.