Grocery shelves in Canada’s province of British Columbia were emptied on Wednesday as residents began panic buying goods following this week’s catastrophic flooding.
Some parts of the province are expected to see temporary shortages in dairy supplies, more so due to panic buying than supply chain disruptions from rains and flooding, according to retailers.
Save-On-Foods, western Canada’s largest grocery retailer, asked customers to avoid hoarding.
“We understand that this is a very stressful and challenging time for many of our communities,” Save-On-Foods tweeted. “Please – buy only what your family needs at this time.”
The panic came after a historic storm caused devastating flooding in BC that swallowed highways and bridges, prompting a state of emergency in the province. So far there has been one confirmed death, but local authorities expect the death toll to rise soon.
Residents have been anxious over potential shortages in food after storms had hit BC’s agricultural areas along with damages in major roadways.
Dave Earle, the president of the B.C. Trucking Association, reassured residents that new routes are being prepared to deliver re-stock shelves soon, local media CTV News reported.
“Yes, there’s going to be hiccups, there’s going to be bumps, but the goods that you and I and everybody rely on are going to get there,” said Earle.
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