Alme (river)

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Almeaue bei Alfen Mai 2005.jpg
Country Germany
Physical characteristics
Main source Sauerland
±340 m (1,120 ft)
River mouth Lippe
51°44′55″N 8°42′25″E / 51.74861°N 8.70694°E / 51.74861; 8.70694Coordinates: 51°44′55″N 8°42′25″E / 51.74861°N 8.70694°E / 51.74861; 8.70694
Length 59.4 km (36.9 mi) [1]
Basin features
Progression LippeRhineNorth Sea
Basin size 763 km2 (295 sq mi) [1]
Mouth of the Alme.

The Alme is a 59-kilometre (37 mi) long river in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is a left tributary of the Lippe, into which it flows near Paderborn. The Alme outlines the Alme Valley and flows through the towns Büren, Borchen and Paderborn.



Flood of 1965[edit]

In July 1965 an striking flood happened which became part of history as a local flood of the yearhundred called "Heinrichsflut" (Henry-Flood). After heavy rain on July 15, 16 and 17, undercrofts were flooded. In the thorpe Wewelsburg a bridge was wrecked, footmen of the Army had to be brought in. Streets overfilled into rivers, the train and bus traffic had to be stopped. As an upshot of the flood, which also intook the offbrooks of the Alme and the Lippe, the "Wasserverband Obere Lippe" was founded, sighting on warding further floods by building detention basins.

Flood of 2007[edit]

Flood of the Alme on August 22nd 2007 near Wewelsburg

On August 22, 2007 the Alme flooded around Büren, after heavy rainfalls of somewhat 70 l rain/m² in one night. In the thorpe Weine the record of 1965 was overflooded. Even though the flood was not as breathtaking as that of 1965 the schools in Büren had to be shut earlier than is the mean, some streets could not be overfared. 220 firemen of the local firefighters had to clear out flooded undercrofts and to ready a few houses by dint of Sandbaggings.