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Colorado Farmer Sacrifices Crops to Divert Flood

Colorado farmer opens flood gates, sacrificing his crop to save nearby community.
(KUSA) It's tough to tell how many communities were affected by the historic floods that snaked through Colorado last week. Whatever that number is, it is one community less thanks to a farmer from Weld County.

When the Little Thompson was about to overflow past its bank in the Haymaker Drive community of Milliken, residents rushed up the hill to try and stop it.

Despite their efforts, there was nothing they could do.

Neighbors' worries were washed away when a farmer appeared and turned a valve. That valve was attached to a flood gate, which sent the rushing water in to nearby fields instead of towards the homes.

"He compromised his crops to save our community. And I thought that was amazing," Allison MacDougall said.

That man's name is Randy Binder.

Binder saved their community, but lost some of his fields in the process.

"I don't know what to say. I honestly don't. I don't want to be viewed as a hero or anything," said Binder.

Read more: http://on9news.tv/1bBeopZ

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