And researchers say it's due to climate change, not El Niño.
Divers have retrieved the bodies of Stephanie King and her children, Jacob, 8, and Ella Jane, 11.
The focus now turns to the clean-up effort.
Wild weather in QLD, NSW has taken five lives, with three still missing.
Five people have died and three people are still missing as floodwaters wreak havoc on Queensland and northern New South
You can't keep a good Aussie down.
That's one-and-a-half times Melbourne's annual rainfall in a couple of days
In an ideal situation, the RSPCA advises taking your dogs and cats with you when evacuating.
"The vehicle was submerged and the water... had reached the roof."
Thousands have been evacuated and hundreds left stranded.