NOTI, Ore. (KMTR) - Homeowners are working to recover after major flooding from a nearby creek and some are receiving help from military students.
About 15 students from the Willamette Leadership Academy showed up to a Vaughn Road home to help move out wet belongings and boxes full of damaged goods.
The homeowners told NewsSource 16 last week they had to wade through water to dry land. The flooding even took out some their home's insulation.
The academy hosts students from grade six through high school graduation in a military-type program. Students there say they mostly learn about teamwork and many say they prefer their school over a 'regular' school. A lot of students there will graduate sooner than later compared to attending a typical school.
Because the school is non-profit, they had to pay their way out to Noti and the staff that was there without help from the community.
Colonel McClelland, battallion commander for the school, told NewsSource 16 the trip was worth it because it meets their mission.
"We try to build self esteem. And by helping people, by doing things that helps build that up, it isn't always about give me, give me, give me but giving instead and not receiving," he said.
"I'd much rather stay here that go back to a regular high school. I've always liked helping people so this is community service that I get to use to help graduate," said Cadet Haley Frogge.
The students are almost finished with the semester so had some extra time to help out in the community. They plan to return to Noti again to help another resident clean up her property next week.