St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office raising funds for Louisiana counterparts affected by flooding

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – It's one of the last places you would expect to find a Cajun cook off, the St. Louis Circuit Court building. But it was all for a good cause.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and her staff are helping the district attorney’s office in Baton Rouge Louisiana after a natural disaster left some staff members with no home.

They were serving up jambalaya and other Cajun cuisine on the 7th floor of the circuit court building Wednesday.

Some of it was donated from restaurants; other food was prepared by staff members in the circuit attorney's office.

The money raised is going to their counterparts in the district attorney’s office in Baton Rouge Louisiana.

When the historic flooding hit the state last month the Red Cross called it the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy four years ago.

The Baton Rouge District Courthouse didn't take on water, but it was forced to close for six days because many of its employees suffered flood damage; including more than a dozen in the district attorney's office.

The prosecutor's office in St. Charles is among the legal offices around the nation trying to raise money for the Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office.

In fact there is a little competition going on between Joyce and St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar to see who can raise more money.

Joyce's office is getting close to raising $5,000 which will then be matched by an anonymous donor.

The St. Charles County office hasn’t yet held its cook off.