Australia’s busiest highway, the Pacific Highway, has been cut off by flood waters from the record-breaking rainfall in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales, leaving hundreds of trucks stranded and supermarket supply chains ruptured.
Hundreds of vehicles remained stranded on Tuesday afternoon, with the Pacific Motorway cut off in several places between Ballina and Tweed Heads since Monday morning. The adjoining Pacific Highway was also closed north of Grafton. Supermarket bosses say there may be shortages of some goods because of the disruption.
Woolworths has introduced two-pack purchase limits on several categories in affected regions, including fresh milk, meat and medicine, and one-pack limits on toilet paper and still water. Some drivers said they had been stuck on the M1 since 7.30am on Monday.