A depressing view and if all you saw were these photographs in the news, you’d believe that everyone was ready to starve.
However, the truth is the restaurants in the mall were all running and Tops had plenty of food in the Deli section, in the fruit and vegetable aisles, and in their in-store food court. Gone were pretty much all canned food and dried foods (like instant noodles). I would say people are just stocking up in case the flood causes them to be stuck in their home for a few days. The media’s propensity to call this “panic” buying is annoying to me. Is it a panic when you face a likelihood of interruption to your food supply and act accordingly?