Louisanans Help Niobrara With Southern Hospitality and Jambalaya

by Will Bauer, NET News

Oct. 28, 2019, 1:50 p.m.

A Louisiana couple is organizing an authentic Cajun jambalaya to help a small town in northeast Nebraska recover from the March flooding.


Jerry and Donna Brent will hold the fundraiser in Niobrara, Nebraska this Sunday in order to raise money for the town hit hard by flooding.

The Brents and 18 others are traveling north because they experienced flooding of their own in 2016. The Amite River, near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, left 4 feet of water in the Brent's home that sits two feet above the ground in August 2016.

Jerry Brent has been deer hunting in Nebraska for 12 years and says he wants to give back to the people of Niobrara.

“We just got to meeting the town people," Jerry Brent said. "They’ve been real cordial to us when we come in and they roll out the red carpet. So, it’s only fair that we help them.”

The Brents cook in jambalaya competitions and are hoping their food, along with some country music from Louisiana singer Chase Tyler, will help raise money for Niobrara. The jambalaya event starts at 5 p.m. in Niobrara this Sunday.