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Repairs, Rescheduling Underway at McLean Co. High

The weekend storm's forced the school to move their holiday basketball tournament.
The storm lasted almost all weekend, but its impact will be felt for months at McLean County High School. Crews are fixing the damaged gym roof and cleaning flooded classrooms. It hits just as the Cougars were scheduled to host their holiday basketball tournament starting Thursday.

"I've never had to do anything like this before."

To win the game, sometimes you need to change tactics.

"At first, I didn't really know what to expect when I got there," says Marc Searcy, McLean Co. High School Athletic Director. He thought the school would get dunked on by mother nature.

"I was expecting to look up and the ceiling be gone," he says.

It's still there. Well, most of it. But what won't be there, the upcoming holiday tournament. School officials say they plan to move it to Apollo High School. Other games and events also need new homes.

"You're looking at basketball games, homecoming games, you're looking at band shows, possible graduation events," says Searcy.

"Timing was everything with this," says Superintendent Tres Settle. He thinks it could've been worse if it hit before their holiday break. But he adds the cleaning and drying are just the first steps in getting their gym ready.

"The way it looks right now, there's a high probability that our gym floor will have to be replaced," Settle says. "So, it could be months before students could be able to return to the gym."

Months before the cougars can go back home.

Searcy says other gyms, including one at neighboring McLean County Middle School, can be used for games and other functions.

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