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Meramec River floodwaters destroy Eureka High gym floor

Workers with CATCO remove Eureka High School gymnasium's wood floors after floodwater had made its way inside on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. Wood floors from two gyms have to be removed. Only the athletics building on the school's campus had water damage. Sports practices and games will be relocated to other facilities. Photo by Huy Mach,
Eureka High senior guard Mallory Proffer will not get the thrill of closing her high school basketball career at home on senior night.
 
Neither will any of the other Wildcats' basketball players — male or female.
 
The boys and girls basketball teams are without a home court because of damage caused by the extensive flood waters from the Meramec River that engulfed parts of the campus.
 
The Meramec crested at 46 feet on Dec. 30, and while the floodwaters — which have since receded — did minimal damage to the school, the gym floor wasn't as fortunate.
 
“We're not really going to get a senior night," Proffer said. "Being a senior, this is kind of tough. You just roll with it and do the best you can.”
 
The Eureka girls basketball team lost to Parkway North 69-40 on Dec. 11 in what will be the Wildcats' last home game of the season.
 
Between the boys and girls basketball teams, there are a combined 13 remaining regular-season games that will be moved along with the postseason district tournaments, which were scheduled to be played at Eureka. The boys had eight home games left, the girls had five.
 
Eureka athletics director Jason Green has been very busy in recent days trying to restructure the schedule.
 
“We are in scramble mode,” Green said. “It will be a mix of moving to the visitors site, moving to a neutral location, and possibly moving to new dates. It's been challenging, to say the least. It's just something that we've got to work through.”
 
Green added that in the grand scheme of things, the athletics department and the athletic teams have been lucky.
 
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