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Impacts of road closures being felt at Williams Lake grocery stores

“We are exploring all avenues to get product to our stores as quickly as possible.”
Transport trucks continue to bide time adjacent to Manning Park Resort, halfway between Hope and Princeton, as Highway 3 remains closed Tuesday, Nov. 16. (Photo submitted)

Williams Lake grocery stores are being depleted of fresh food as highways in and out of the Lower Mainland remain closed due to flooding and landslide damage, preventing trucks from making deliveries from the south.

By the evening of Monday, Nov. 15, fresh produce choices were slim pickings and area residents were taking to Facebook to say ‘food was flying off the shelves.’

At this time all shipments in and out of the Lower Mainland are on hold based on the current road conditions, a media spokesperson for Save-On-Foods noted in an email to Black Press Media on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

“We are exploring all avenues to get product to our stores as quickly as possible.”

The spokesperson asked customers to maintain normal shopping habits.

“This will help our team members keep the shelves full for everyone. We understand that these are uncertain times and many people just want to do what’s right for their families.”

Gater Moun, district manager for the Real Canadian Wholesale Club, said Tuesday afternoon the company is still working on how to get groceries to its stores in B.C., perhaps from Alberta.

“I will be updating store managers once we know more,” he said.

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Sobeys external communications specialist Paul Wyke said Wednesday all shipments in and out of the Lower Mainland were on hold, adding first and foremost, the company’s thoughts were with all those affected by the ‘evolving situation.’

During a media conference Tuesday afternoon Rob Fleming, minister of transportation, said the government will do everything it can to get transportation links open as soon as possible and people and goods moving.

Monica Lamb-Yorski

About the Author: Monica Lamb-Yorski

A B.C. gal, I was born in Alert Bay, raised in Nelson, graduated from the University of Winnipeg, and wrote my first-ever article for the Prince Rupert Daily News.
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