The shelves at Buy-Low Foods in Clearwater are still fairly well stocked today, Nov. 19.
While shipping and apparent panic buying resulted in empty shelves in many stores in larger centres such as Kamloops and Kelowna, Clearwater residents can generally find what they need at Buy-Low except for some shortages in the dairy section.
“Groceries are en route and may have already been delivered to the Clearwater store this morning from our facility in Alberta,” a company spokesperson told the Clearwater Times Friday. “We are adapting by shipping from Alberta and another load will arrive tomorrow morning.”
The company representative said grocers in B.C. are experiencing unusually high demand from consumers concerned about the food supply, following torrential rain in southern British Columbia that caused floods and landslides on all major highways into the Interior. In some cases, sections of highways were completely washed away. The Coquihalla, for instance, is expected to take months to repair.
“As Premier Horgan has already advised, there is no need to panic – the food distribution network is resilient and will recover from the road interruptions as quickly as possible,” the spokesperson said. “We remain confident that stores will be restocked to the best of our ability over the coming days.”
The Buy-Low spokesperson noted supplies are highly dynamic and will change throughout the day, so it was not possible to comment on specific products.
“Limits are being addressed on a location by location basis and we are asking that people only purchase their immediate needs as we catch up from this unexpected interruption in distribution.”