COVID-19 caused construction delays, but now CARES Act funding will pay for five additional homes.
The Alaska Department of Transportation will only fund one airport between Newtok and Mertarvik, although both villages have over 100 residents.
This year, Newtok is sending one-third of its residents across the Ninglick River to its replacement village, Mertarvik.
Newtok’s 400 people have been trying to relocate for years. And for years, the main obstacle has been the same: money. Now, they’re almost out of time. And residents and officials say, at this point, moving Newtok may take an act of Congress.