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Glen Haven finds reason to celebrate after September flooding

9:50 PM, Dec 24, 2013   |    comments
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LARIMER COUNTY - Glen Haven suffered massive devastation in September's flooding.

"You can spend so much time looking at total destruction and devastation before it kind of starts to get to you," volunteer firefighter Steve Childs said.

On Christmas Eve, Childs found perspective in all the damage.

"This will be a really good Christmas. Everybody needs that break, and needs that reminder that it could have been so much worse," Childs said.

Childs knows firsthand what a devastating flood can do to a community. He was in Glen Haven for the flood of 1976, as well.

"There aren't many of us who were part of both floods. To have experienced the '76 flood; the death and destruction and the trauma that was involved in that. This has been a little bit easier to cope with, because as you go through debris piles, we're not dealing with bodies," Childs said.

He knows that people lost their life in September, but is thankful that Glen Haven residents didn't suffer any injuries or die.

Another reason to celebrate: a free Chevy pickup truck donated by GMC and dealerships in northern Colorado.

The truck is equipped with a plow on the front to help firefighters work along mountain roads in the snow.

"Perfect Christmas gift, perfect Christmas," Childs said.

"You've got two choices; you can throw your hands up and cry or you can just buckle down and get to work. We got a lot of work to do," he added.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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