Wet time at Woolies

The Gympie Times - - NEWS - FRANCES KLEIN

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.

Photo: Kate White­way

DOWNPOUR: Cus­tomers were forced to evac­u­ate the Cooloola Cove Wool­worths in yes­ter­day's se­vere storm.

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