Flood appeal for Eschweiler, Reigate & Banstead’s twin town

Eschweiler residents Residents’ pictures of the floods

The local twinning association is collecting funds to help the people of Eschweiler, Germany, who have been hit by the recent flooding in that part of Europe.

Eschweiler, near the German-Dutch-Belgian border, has been twinned with Reigate & Banstead since the mid-1980s.

A river, the Inde, flows through Eschweiler, and earlier this month a large part of the town’s streets were submerged by the floods.

A live blog by Eschweiler’s city council said yesterday (21 July) that pumping was still ongoing along with clean-up operations.

In recent days the page has been giving details of where to find drinking water, showering facilities and hot meals, for citizens that need them.

Reigate & Banstead Twinning Association has put a poster on its website explaining how people can donate money.

The association says: “Reigate & Banstead have been twinned with Eschweiler in Germany for more than 35 years.

“Now they need help following the devastating flooding in the town, to help affected families recover.”

Reigate & Banstead Twinning Association is an independent organisation (not part of local government), run by volunteers and self-financing. The association arranges visits between the towns, and also social and educational activities.

As well as Eschweiler, Reigate & Banstead is twinned with Brunoy, in France, just south of Paris. There is also an unofficial “friendship link” with Wattrelos, part of Lille.