MILLIKEN - It's tough to tell how many communities were affected by the historic floods that snaked through Colorado last week. Whatever that number is, we're happy to report 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.
"There were a lot of us up here," Allison MacDougall said. "The police department, fire department came by and said 'you need to evacuate now. We won't come back to rescue you.'"
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," MacDougall said.
That man's name is Randy Binder.
"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.
Binder is as modest as the fields he tends to. All summer long he's been preparing them only to have them wiped away when he turned that valve.
"They (Binder) were saying it's the least we can do. Your loss would have been greater than ours. It's really nothing, but it is. It really is. You saved so many houses, so many kids running around, our pets," MacDougall said.
Binder saved their community, but lost some of his fields in the process.
"It's a pretty bad hit," Binder said.
Binder does not live on MacDougall's block. But as far as the people who do are concerned, he's the closest neighbor they have.
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