WALLA WALLA, Washington – Despite roads in the upper Mill Creek area being inaccessible due to last week’s devastating flood, the Oregon Army National Guard managed to deliver food to three families.
“The morning it happened they first brought us Cinnabon, and they said they were going to try to get us pizza but no promises,” Jerra Klicker told KTEL News.
In a video taken by Umatilla County Search and Rescue and shared on Hepler’s Big Cheese Pizza’s Facebook page, a Black Hawk helicopter is running in the background and a service member is seen delivering two pizzas to members of Klicker’s family.
According to Richard Podoliski of Hepler’s Big Cheese Pizza, it was entirely the Black Hawk crew’s idea to purchase the pizzas and deliver them.
Klicker said the helicopters couldn’t get to a few of the houses that people were trapped in, so her family hiked in to extract people
“We’re able to hike out if necessary, but haven’t as we have plenty of food and wood heat,” Klicker said.
The Klicker family expressed its appreciation for the unorthodox pizza delivery in a written statement:
“If we could thank the Oregon National Guard I would say, ‘Thank you so much for all the generosity! You were all super understanding and helpful to all the neighbors. I’m so glad we could be a landing pad so you could rescue those in need. Thank you for reassuring my daughter that we were safe and there wasn’t anything to be afraid of. And thank you so much for the cinnamon rolls and pizza, it blessed us greatly as did just having you all come up here!’”
The Oregon Army National Guard deployed helicopters from Salem and Pendleton to rescue civilians who had become stranded due to the flooding in affected parts of Walla Walla and Umatilla counties.