Wet time at Woolies
THURSDAY’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 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,” she 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 first lot of water came through a roof panel in front of register one, Mrs Whiteway said, before more started flooding the store.
She praised staff for their response.
“The staff were first and foremost putting customer safety first and were professional,” she said.
“They let all the customers leave with whatever groceries they had as they evacuated the store.”
A Woolworths spokeswoman said the store was back open and trading as normal.
The supermarket did not lose food stock or sustain structural damage.
DOWNPOUR: Customers were forced to evacuate the Cooloola Cove Woolworths in yesterday's severe storm.