IF THERE'S one piece of advice someone who was trapped in last year's flood would give you, it would be to stock up on toilet paper.
But that is not usually the first thought when waters threaten to rise.
Like last year people are a little nervous about flooding and have started stocking up on bread and milk.
Gympie IGA manager Peter Olsson said it was hard to tell if yesterday's busy trading was due to panic buying or the Australia Day public holiday.
"No doubt there's been some panic buying. We've sold out of bread now. Meat has been hit pretty hard and so has milk and other staples," he said.
Even though he did not think the Mary River would flood, he warned it may be difficult to replenish milk stocks with some flooded roads cutting access to farms.
After last year's flood, the government asked people not to panic buy, but ensure there was enough food and water for four days, in case roads were cut.