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Solidarity with Altena’s flood victims

Edited on

19 July 2021
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Following the unprecedented floods, URBACT affirms solidarity with city friend Altena.

Record rainfall has caused widespread flooding across Western Europe, with some areas suffering the worst devastation in decades. Hundreds have died or remain unaccounted for.

in Western Germany, the city of Altena, was very badly affected. The URBACT Secretariat and Partner cities want to affirm their solidarity at its time of need.


Interested to support Altena directly? The Municipality has set up a donation account:

  • Stadt Altena
  • IBAN: DE67 4585 1020 0072 7579 33
  • Swift-Bic: Weladed1PLB
  • Purpose: Hochwasser 2021


Altena’s long history with URBACT

In last decades Altena was known as one of the fastest shrinking cities of Western Germany. To face the challenges, Altena developed a strategy that was recognised as Good Practice in 2007 by URBACT.

The foundation of a volunteers platform “Stellwerk”, the implementations of “Pop-up Shops”, the contraction of an adventure elevator to connect the valley and the castle, general restructuring of the municipality, the refugee aid and the implementation of a new community center were among the many projects aiming to revitalise the city.

Altena was the Lead Partner of the Transfer Network Re-growCity and a Project Partner of Volunteering Cities.


Photo: Landslide near the fire brigade in Altena. Markus Klümper/dpa