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On Saturday, officials announced they had secured a $6 million federal grant to be split between the airport and an erosion-control project. "This is all very good news," Rowena Mason, president of the Santa Paula Airport Association, told The Ventura County Star. "Businesses [at the airport] keep asking us whether they need to move. The flight school has temporarily left for Oxnard Airport. This has been devastating." The field is home to an aviation museum, 25 businesses, and about 100 workers. About $250,000 already has been spent on emergency repairs. The remaining part of the runway -- about 1,200 feet -- may reopen as early as today, for limited use by local pilots with special circumstances. But damage is expected to worsen as the waters recede. The rate of rainfall so far could make this wettest year on record for Southern California.