Newcastle Council says its floodplain risk management plan for Wallsend has taken a step forward with preliminary flood modelling now underway.
The flood modelling process is designed to provide council with data that will help it to develop a program of works to assist the people of Wallsend to manage potential flood risks.
Project manager Clare McLay says the information will help to develop plans that are needed to secure the funding for any future works.
It gives more detailed information than the broad information that has been gathered in the previous studies," she said.
"So without this further detailed study it would be very unlikely to get future grant funding.
"I think in the initial 2009 approved report it was identified at over $20 million so that is obviously a lot of money and it would presumably be coming from State or Federal Government funding.
Ms McLay says around eight buildings will undergo structural analysis as part of the preliminary flood modelling.
"We've started the building inspections for the structural and building analysis which is making sure the buildings, which are in the flood plain, can stand up during peak floods," she said.
"I think there are about eight buildings in the channel that have been reviewed and decided they needed to be looked up for their structural analysis.
"So, whether they can stand up under flood, because they are within the channel and floodplain area."
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