Recent downpours have brought chaos and destruction to towns and cities along the eastern seaboard Photo: AFP/File
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Dams overflow as parts of Australia brace for more floods

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By Saeed KHAN

Dams near Sydney overflowed Thursday after days of torrential rain, as parts of Australia braced for more storms expected to bring dangerous flash flooding to the country's east.

Recent downpours have brought relief to areas ravaged by bushfires and drought -- as well as chaos and destruction to towns and cities along the eastern seaboard.

On Thursday, Nepean Dam south of Sydney was at full capacity and spilling over, with video footage showing excess water cascading over the dam wall and downstream.

Two other dams in New South Wales, Tallowa and Brogo, were also overflowing and more dams could reach capacity in the coming days, a WaterNSW spokesman told AFP.

Sydney's dams have seen water levels spike dramatically -- the Nepean was just a third full less than a week ago -- though many inland areas facing severe water shortages missed out on the flows.

A devastating months-long bushfire crisis that killed 33 people has effectively been ended by the downpours, with just one blaze yet to be brought under control in New South Wales.

Hundreds of people have been rescued from floodwaters in recent days.

Police said a man's body was discovered in a flooded river on Queensland's Sunshine Coast on Thursday, though the cause of his death was not immediately clear.

Wild weather is set to ramp up again from Friday, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting ex-Tropical Cyclone Uesi would bring "damaging to destructive winds" and heavy rainfall to remote tourist destination Lord Howe Island.

Senior meteorologist Grace Legge said storms were also expected for Queensland and New South Wales -- with areas still recovering from bushfires likely to be hit again.

"Any showers and thunderstorms that do develop are falling on already saturated catchments, so there is a risk with severe thunderstorms of flash flooding," she said.

Emergency services have warned residents in affected areas to be cautious in the dangerous conditions.

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Stay safe people. Have a grab bag and a plan. Don’t stay put.

This is what happens to our fragile civilisation when we don’t regard the climate as something that needs to be within parameters we know. With climate “unleashed”, we’re puny.

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ListenTheTruth - This is what happens to our fragile civilisation when we don’t regard the climate as something that needs to be within parameters we know. With climate “unleashed”, we’re puny.

Oh, good grief! Enough with the climate melodramatics! Australia has had far worse droughts, fires and floods over year last 150 years, long before the climate change zealots jumped into their podiums.

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Oh, good grief! Enough with the climate melodramatics! Australia has had far worse droughts, fires and floods over year last 150 years, long before the climate change zealots jumped into their podiums.

You are wrong.

These fires are the worst on record and records go back further than 150 years. The yearly average temp has been the highest ever, for the past 10 years at least 6 have been declared as the highest or second highest ever. For the climate change deniers it is an easy thing to ignore until it directly effects you. Thank goodness most people can see the need to deal with the issue rather than do nothing but continue to add to the problem.

Makes me feel sick to read comments from the ignorant.

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Oh, good grief! Enough with the climate melodramatics! Australia has had far worse droughts, fires and floods over year last 150 years, long before the climate change zealots jumped into their podiums.

Antarctica just hit 65 degrees last week! The highest on record.

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First fire and now floods.

What is next ?

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First fire and now floods. What is next ?

Plague and pestilence

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Next plague and pestilence.

And after that 144,000 are saved?

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