The state’s $200 million in infrastructure grants is the single largest in years

South L.A. among communities awarded state grants for climate projects As the city of South Los Angeles enters its second year of drought, state grants in aid are a lifeline. (Photo by Brian Levin/WENN)…

The state’s $200 million in infrastructure grants is the single largest in years

South L.A. among communities awarded state grants for climate projects

As the city of South Los Angeles enters its second year of drought, state grants in aid are a lifeline. (Photo by Brian Levin/WENN)

As the city of South Los Angeles enters its second year of drought, state grants in aid are a lifeline. (Photo by Brian Levin/WENN)

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

LA is among the most hard hit areas

Some areas have received $200 million in state and federal funds

Some residents are fighting to keep local restrictions

(CNN) — In the wake of the severe storms and flooding that swept through the Southland this week, there were plenty of questions about whether the area was ready for the next big storm.

But when it came to infrastructure, there was no question about which area was ready for the next big storm, given the millions of dollars in infrastructure grants awarded to communities just in time for severe weather.

South Los Angeles is a particular favorite of the state, which handed out $200 million in grants in two of the three months of 2013. And while the total amount that was doled out varies in different years, this year’s $200 million is the single largest in years, said James Fausone, a spokesman for the California Department of Water Resources.

“It was really up to the discretion of the local communities, and I’ve heard from several of them that this was the largest grant they’ve ever received,” Fausone said.

“It’s just really a testament to the hard work and commitment of the community — the kind of dedication they have to making sure the infrastructure is in place,” he said of individual communities.

Not long into the year, one storm in October could be the last.

“The water department will use this

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