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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