As flooding and weather conditions in the southern regions of the province close roads and highways, the concern for mail delivery and food delivery is starting to become a topic of conversation.

Phil Legault, a media representative with Canada Post, says he knows this is a difficult situation.

“We understand the impact this difficult situation is having on many people in B.C., and we are working hard to put contingency plans in place to restore or maintain postal services,” says Legault.

“On Monday, Canada Post issued a red delivery service alert for Merritt, B.C., and a yellow service alert for Western Canada.”

Legault says that any items that cannot be delivered will be held in Canada Post facilities until contingency plans are in place and communicated. Those looking for time-sensitive items to or from areas in Western Canada should consider using either Xpresspost or Priority to ensure timely delivery.

Mail delivery disruptions will be posted on the Canada Post website as well.

The road closures could also disrupt any special delivery packages, like Amazon, or goods being delivered for stores.

For grocery stores in the area, community members have expressed worry of others “panic buying.”

A few grocery store managers in Fort St. John told Energeticcity that most items come from warehouses in Alberta. One manager says there may be some items that will be delayed making it to stores but not enough to be of notice to shoppers.

Robert Boelens with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, said in an email to Energeticcity that “Ministry staff have been reaching out to agricultural producer groups to assess impacts and are working closely with them to see where assistance is most needed and what the ministry can to do to help.”

The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality released a statement Wednesday informing residents that “no disruption or supply shortages are expected for the Fort Nelson area.”

Similar to Northeast B.C., supply routes for groceries go through Alberta. The municipality is asking residents to avoid stockpiling food and other necessities.

Brought on by torrential rain over the weekend, a combination of flooding, rock slides and mudslides have closed Highway 1 through much of the Fraser Valley and as far north as Spences Bridge, according to DriveBC.  As well, Highway 7 along the north bank of the Fraser River and Highway 99 north of Vancouver are both closed due to mudslide as of Tuesday afternoon.

In a teleconference with provincial media, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Rob Fleming urged residents to be patient

“While yes, there are challenges on our, particularly on numbers 1, 3, and 5, there is lots of supply,” said Farnworth

“There is, for example in the North and the Interior the rail links from Kamloops to the rest of Canada are operating. The truck routes from east to west across Northern B.C. from Alberta to bring supplies in are operating.

“Transportation and Highways, as you’ve heard, is working on how to get goods flowing from Vancouver up so there are challenges but there are also options and so we will encourage people to recognize this and to remember patience and there still is lots of supply.”

With files from Mark Nielsen, Local Journalism reporter, Prince George Citizen