The last thing an ark-builder would think about is rain damage

Hah. Answers in Genesis is pissed off because their insurance didn’t cover rain damage.

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.

In a 77-page lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Ark Encounter asks for compensatory and punitive damages.

A million dollars in damages…I think maybe God was sending them a warning.


  1. nomdeplume says

    But, but, but, surely this was an “act of god” in insurance terminology, so the companies were quite correct? Or does Mr Ham not believe in an omnipotent rain maker….

  2. weylguy says

    As I told Ken Ham time and time again, build the Ark out of gopher wood, like the original. Even though gopher wood never existed, Ham went ahead and used cheap Douglas Fir from Home Depot. Duh!

  3. archangelospumoni says

    Some loud, preachy, morally fit pseudochristian acquaintances of mine are fond of saying EVERY little thing that happens is God’s will. Ergo, NOT an accident on this one. Sorta hard to figure out God for these folks in these situations.

  4. unclefrogy says

    flood damage in excess of a million dollars to an to a access road? Their private road connecting to the county road? It must be a long road. It is in a rural area correct? I am thinking that sum must include the compensatory and punitive damages.
    Once a fantasist always a fantasist.
    uncle frogy

  5. robro says

    Thankfully the Ark itself wasn’t damaged. Old Noah was right! Tyvek is perfect to protect a big, wooden box.

  6. curbyrdogma says

    #4: …and concrete, and steel. Apparently it’s just a regular building with a wood facade

  7. DonDueed says

    I think maybe God was sending them a warning.

    No you don’t. You don’t think that at all.

    It was the FSM, of course.

  8. starskeptic says

    The last thing an ark-builder would think about is rain damage access roads…

  9. Doc Bill says

    Since it didn’t flood and there was no damage from a flood, flood insurance wouldn’t kick in.

    Homeowner’s and business insurance policies are woefully pitiful when it comes to rain damage, and you have almost no, or no, coverage to rain damage to property such as earth movement, washed out driveways, and generally no compensation for “loss of access” to a property because of water. Hambo’s road, built on a clay slope subsided from runoff. Hambo claims he suffered no business loss.

    So, really, old Hambo has no “grounds” for a claim, it appears. However, you have to remember that old Hambo is a skinflinted grifter always looking for a handout and his middle name is “entitled” so, of course, somebody else needs to pay. If he could take the allowances from kids to pay for his road he’d do it!

  10. anthrosciguy says


    Even though gopher wood never existed,

    Oh, gopher wood exists, but the bits are a tad small for any significant building, and it’s a transient state as well.

  11. Matt G says

    @17 jrkrideau- The animals couldn’t make it to the Ark. The roads were washed out.

  12. zetopan says

    @jrkrideau: “On the other hand, it is bigger than the Ark and a real replica.”

    Made out of concrete with wood planking and with a length that isn’t even accurately known to within a factor of 4 is “a real replica” of what?

  13. jrkrideau says

    @ 20 zetopan
    Well, I noticed the concrete after I had sent the message. Still it looks like a ship and seems to be probably build by people with some knowledge of the era and shipbuilding. Compared to Ham’s box on a barge it is not a bad try.

  14. Anton Mates says


    A metastable state has occasionally been observed, but it tends to become quite painful and can lead to gangrene. If it lasts for more than four hours, the patient should consult a veterinarian.

  15. whheydt says

    Re: jrkrideau @ #22…
    Ham’s “ark” isn’t on a barge. It’s on a concrete foundation…just like any other building of similar size. The “ark” on a (steel) barge is–IIRC–in the Netherlands, and is “half size”.

  16. whheydt says

    According to the folks over at The Panda’s Thumb, the local bedrock is Ordovician shale and prone to slippage when you get water between the layers. Faith is no substitute for a proper geological study of your construction site.