Limits of one item for each customer: Evans Head food supplies after floods

ABOVE: Residents help unload bags of flour at Wurlitzer Bakery in Evans Head. Photo: contributed

Susanna Freymark

Supermarkets in Evans Head have had to restrict the number of items people buy to one for each customer.

And they quickly ran out of bread and milk.

Resident Claire Rankin said they were waiting for bread yesterday, Friday, March 5, and there was no fuel in town.

“A supply truck arrived from Brisbane for Spar and they are inundated with customers,” Claire said.

“Eggs were in short supply and not a piece of chicken to be had.”

Shoppers in Evans Head were restricted in what they could buy.

Claire said Evans Head had become an evacuation centre with nearby Woodburn and Broadwater still flooded.

“Food supplies have been problematic and the servo ran out of fuel late Thursday afternoon and was closed yesterday,” Claire said.

“The fuel was being reserved for the SES Rescue effort, so it has to refuel elsewhere. Choppers, which have been landing frequently, will also have to refuel elsewhere, yet there was little on the North Coast and no idea as to when the situation may change.”

A sign on the window of Ritchie’s IGA Supermarket in Evans Head read:

‘Limits apply. Only one of each item of the same item per customer. As the police have requested.’

Sign in window at the IGA in Evans Head yesterday.

Wurlitzer Bakery is open from 6am-2pm after the delivery of bags of flour yesterday and spending all night baking.

The bakery posted their frustration on their Facebook page.

“After government bodies have cancelled my fly-in flour order two days in a row (because I’m not essential) I managed to source some flour and Chris from DrillIt based on the Gold Coast went to Brisbane and got me some flour to get us through the weekend.

“A big shout out to Chris as he delivered my flour free of charge.”

A mobile coffee cart that was saved by “legendary locals” during the floods is offering free coffee all weekend at Carrabeen Court in Evans Head.

Spar supermarket had a fridge full if milk at the start of the day.

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