Restaurants in Prince George are at the mercy of Mother Nature for now.

(BC Restaurants and Food Services Association President and CEO Ian Tostenson. Photo credit BCRFA.)

Many locations experienced food shortages this weekend due to torrential rains and mudslides that closed several major highways and shut down supply chains.

Ian Tostenson of the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association said: Vista radio while last week was a shock to the system, Prince George’s locations should be fine for the most part.

“We’re starting to see the supply lines opening up because those routes from Alberta to Prince George and the Okanagan are clear, but what we’re seeing is some raw material shortages. We’re starting to see some pressure on poultry and turkey.”

“It’s the same with the Liquor Distribution branch that now sources products for Kamloops, which also includes Prince George of Alberta.”

However, it’s not just restaurants that are struggling.

“McDonald’s reported yesterday that they are having issues with Chicken McNuggets and some of the Big Mac ingredients because the quick-service restaurants are formulaic and some of those things are currently out of stock,” Tostenson added.

He said any shortages of beef and poultry will be covered by US suppliers if the province faces further problems.

Tostenson adds that the drive from Vancouver to Kelowna will take as much as 10 hours now that the Coquihalla is out of service.