VIDEO: 'Shocked': the surreal moment groceries get flooded

YESTERDAY'S severe storm turned the Cooloola Cove Woolworths into something like a movie set, according to customer Kate Whiteway who was in the store when large amounts of water started pouring through the roof.

Mrs Whiteway went to the supermarket after collecting her two teenage children from school, when minutes later up to 20 customers found themselves surrounded by flooding water near the registers.

"As I got to the counter hail hit outside," Mrs Whiteway said.

"The staff were shocked and they asked us all to move back to the start of aisle three, by this time the water was coming through the self serve.

"We were all shocked, confused and in disbelief that it was actually happening."

 

The Cooloola Cove Woolworths has closed down due to flooding from the tornado yesterday afternoon.
The Cooloola Cove Woolworths has closed down due to flooding from the tornado yesterday afternoon. Christian and Alice Sheridan

The first lot of water came through a roof panel in front of register one, Mrs Whiteway said, before more started flooding the store.

Mrs Whiteway praised the staff for their response to what could have been a panicked situation.

"The staff were first and foremost putting customer safety first and were professional.

"They let all the customers leave with whatever groceries they had as they evacuated the store.

"I was actually getting hotdog rolls but never got that far so dinner was hot dogs on bread."

A Woolworths spokeswoman said due to severe damage Cooloola Cove Woolworths will not be trading until further notice.

Gympie Times


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