The woman was swept away in her four-wheel-drive as storms dumped 250 millimeters (9.8 inches) of rain over the capital
"I woke up, looked around me and found that my bed was floating in about four feet of water around the bedroom,"
The floods in some areas were the worst since 1974,
"This damn natural disaster from mother nature happened so quickly," Pisasale said.
The national government offered extra soldiers to join hundreds already helping civilian cleanup teams, while a state of emergency declared last weekend was extended.
"It's a cruel blow, two very significant storms in a matter of days," Treasurer Wayne Swan told reporters in
Cyclone-like storms ripped across the same area on Sunday night, killing one man, destroying houses and leaving more than 230,000 homes and businesses without electricity, and prompting the national and state governments to declare an emergency.
Australian weather bureau Senior Forecaster Geoff Doueal said more rain was expected in coming days after widespread falls deluged much of eastern
Graincorp Chief Executive Mark Irwin said the rain had not impacted too much on the wheat harvest in southern
The sugar industry association Canegrowers also said there had been little impact as the harvest was virtually over.
Energy company Energex said it was working to restore power to about 20,000 customers from
Police said roads in
A bridge collapsed at Tallegalla near
"This is now a very significant disaster," she said.