A Woolworths employee has revealed the extreme measures workers were forced to take after wild weather battered South Australia over the weekend.
In a video shared to TikTok and seen by 7News, several trolleys stacked full of perishable food items can be seen lined up, while at least four trolleys were solely occupied by cartons of milk.
"Aftermath of Adelaide's storm, completely lost chilled, produce, salads and frozen items," user hayz94 explained in the now deleted footage.
The wild weather, which brought heavy rain and winds to large parts of the state, led to more than 150,000 homes and businesses, losing power. The worker described the effort to remove items which could no longer be kept at a safe temperature as "hectic" but said staff got the job done.
The account in which the video was shared has since been deleted from the social media platform.
Australian supermarkets adhere to strict health and safety legislation, meaning goods such as chilled meat must be discarded if it cannot be kept at a set temperature – a scenario a Newcastle Coles store faced in 2020.
A Woolworths spokesperson told 7News stores across South Australia are open and are working "quickly" to replenish lost stock.
In a seperate video shared to TikTok, rainwater can be seen gushing through the ceiling of a Woowlorths store in Aberfoyle Park in the state.
Flood warnings remain in place across Australia
A flood emergency has developed across multiple Australian states with hundreds of warnings issued nationwide amid continued heavy rainfall.
People in and around the NSW town of Forbes have been told to evacuate ahead of expected major flooding as the entire central west remains on high alert. They were told they needed to get out by 7am on Tuesday or face being cut off.
It comes just a week after another major flooding event in the town, with Forbes Mayor Phyllis Miller saying residents "cant believe" they are affected again so soon.
Forecasters also warned of significant flooding in Bathurst, where possible record flood levels of more than seven metres would see flood levees breached.
People in the southern border town of South Albury and those at Western Plains Tourist Park in the central west have also been ordered to evacuate.
Multiple Watch and Act alerts have been issued across Victoria, with several locations along the Moorabool and Murray Rivers set to face flooding.
Flood alerts have also been issued for Tasmanian residents along parts of the Huon River, southwest of Hobart, on Monday afternoon, warning of risks to property, livestock, equipment and crops.
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