• Newtok, relocation, village, rural Alaska

    Water seeps through boardwalks in Newtok on October 12, 2019. (Marc Lester / ADN)

  • Newtok, relocation, village, rural Alaska

    Gwendolyn David, 14, left, and Joann David, 15, carry belongings toward boats in Newtok on October 12, 2019. (Marc Lester / ADN)

  • Newtok relocates

    Newtok, located on the Ninglick River near the Bering Sea coast is relocating due to erosion, melting permafrost and flooding. Photographed on October 13, 2019.

  • Newtok relocates

    Owen and Sharon David clean and pack their Newtok home days before they move to Mertarvik on October 10, 2019.

  • Newtok relocates

    Land fronting the Ninglick River shows erosion that is encroaching on Newtok for decades. Photographed on October 10, 2019.

  • Newtok relocates

    From left, Hannah John, 7-month-old Tom John, and Jocelyn spend time in their Newtok home on October 13, 2019. The family expected to move to Mertarvik with in weeks.

  • Newtok relocates

    David Albert, 60, sits in the entryway of his Newtok home with his dog, Wanda, on October 11, 2019. Albert said he looked forward to moving to Mertarvik, where he said it would be easier for him to walk.

  • Newtok relocates

    Albert Active, left, and others move boxes filled with supplies for the new school in Mertarvik onto ATVs in Newtok on October 11, 2019.

  • Newtok relocates

    Michael Fairbanks holds several muskrats he hunted on October 11, 2019, in Newtok. Fairbanks said he has mixed feelings about leaving his lifelong home to move to Mertarvik, even though he understands that it’s necessary.

  • Newtok, relocation, village, rural Alaska

    Harry Nevak repairs a clogged fuel line while showing his nephews Andrew Fairbanks, left, and Micheal Fairbanks how to do it on October 13, 2019.

  • Newtok, relocation, village, rural Alaska

    Lisa Charles, second from right, expected her household would move to Mertarvik within weeks on October 10, 2019. “I remember they talked about it in ’94, ’95, and everyone was excited, thinking it was going to happen right away,” she said. From left are George Tom, Ashley Tom, Jeffery Charles Jr., Jimmy Tom, Jeffery Charles, Lisa Charles and Rayna Charles. (Marc Lester / ADN)

  • Newtok relocates

    A loaded boat headed for Mertarvik departs the shoreline at Newtok on October 12, 2019.

  • Newtok relocation

    Mertarvik, on Nelson Island, now includes 21 homes, an evacuation center, a barge landing, a power plant, fuel storage tanks and an air landing strip. Photographed on October 12, 2019.

  • Newtok relocates

    At left, Sharon David holds her son, David Charles, 5 months, on October 12, 2019, after they and others arrived in their new Mertarvik home.

  • Newtok relocates

    Sections of land hold standing water in Newtok on October 10, 2019. Newtok’s system of boardwalks have been damaged as permafrost has melted and areas of the village have been prone to flooding.