Alaska community seeks funds to move homes away from river

AKIAK, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska community whose riverbank is quickly eroding is seeking funding to relocate homes.

KYUK-AM reported that money is available, but Akiak officials will have to go through a complicated bureaucratic process to obtain funding to save buildings in danger of falling into the Kuskokwim River.

Akiak, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northeast of Bethel, lost a 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) stretch of the riverbank to erosion in May, with parts of the river moving 75 feet (23 meters) closer to the community.

An official said moving houses and connecting them to services will cost millions of dollars.

Alaska's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said erosion events are eligible for disaster funding this year.

Federal agriculture and housing and urban development grants are also available.

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