Dresden helps towns hit by catastrophic 2021 floods

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Around 387,000 euro has been collected by the residents of the German city Dresden to help Bad Münstereifel and Swisttal, towns devastated by last year’s floods. Mayor of Dresden Dirk Hilbert officially handed out the donations to the two towns yesterday.

Mayor Hilbert stated on social media: Full of pride, I was able to hand over 387,000 euro today in Bad Münstereifel and Swisttal, which 2,500 donors collected following our appeal for reconstruction after last year’s flood disaster.”

237,000 euros will be spent on the Heimerzheim primary school and the creation of a meeting space for the young people in Swisttal, the province of North-Rhine Westphalia, which was most severely affected by the floods.

The connection to Swisttal is a very special one. Because the municipality of Hochkirch near Bautzen maintains a partnership with Swisttal, the district office of Bautzen asked us if we could support our fundraising campaign. At the same time, the town hall of Pirna contacted us with the same request,Hilbert stated.

The mayor of Swisttal, Petra Kalkbrenner, was the head of the legal department of the city of Pirna for many years. So we immediately decided to help in Swisttal, mayor of Dresden Dirk Hilbert further explained.

Mayor Sabine Preiser-Marian also received a donation of 150,000 euros  which will be used for the reconstruction of the city hall in Bad Münstereifel’s historic town hall. Many areas of the charming old city were destroyed in last year’s July flooding. Damage to municipal infrastructure alone was 130 million euros.

The Dresden City Council approved a resolution to accept the donations in November last year. This established the legal framework for distributing the collected funds to the two towns.

Extreme rainfall caused deadly flooding in several European countries last summer, including Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. According to the Guardian, the heavy rainfall which caused the disaster was made “up to nine times more likely” due to climate change. (photo credit: Stadt Dresden/Facebook)