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NEWTOK, Alaska (AP) — A western Alaska village has been awarded $1.7 million to help homeowners whose land has become threatened by erosion.

The federal funds will go toward moving seven homes along the Ninglick River in Newtok, KTUU-TV reported Wednesday.

The money comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which recently allocated $4.46 million to Matanuska residents with the same fund pool from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

Initially, some of that $4.46 million was intended to go to Newtok, before complications arose from an incomplete application on Newtok’s part, KTUU-TV reported.

Mike Sutton with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said the ultimate goal is to move the entire village of Newtok, but he said that’s not possible yet.

The seven homes that will be moved with the federal funds are in the most in danger of being lost to erosion, Sutton said.


Information from: KTUU-TV,