Kentucky Noah’s Ark attraction sues over damage


WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) -The Ark Encounter says in a federal lawsuit that heavy rains in 2017 and 2018 caused a landslide on its access road. The Courier Journal reports the attraction’s insurance carriers refused to cover damages.

The wooden, 510-foot-long ark has been a popular attraction in northern Kentucky since its 2016 opening. The lawsuit says the road has been rebuilt. The ark was not damaged.

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The suit names Allied World Assurance Co. Holdings of Switzerland, its use company and three other insurance carriers.

Ark Encounter seeks compensatory and punitive damages. The Swiss company hasn’t responded in court filings.

Here is a statement from the Ark Encounter:

“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.”