Southbound ice is loaded into a truck in Mackay.
Southbound ice is loaded into a truck in Mackay. Contributed

Ice, ice, baby! 50,000 bags of ice make its way to Rocky

MORE than 50,000 bags of ice have been sent to Rockhampton from Mackay since Saturday.

Blue River Ice co-owner Francis Vigliante said it had been one of their busiest weeks since Cyclone Marcia swept through town.

"We've been putting in some big hours since Saturday morning," he said.

Mr Vigliante said he had predicted what would happen to CQ Ice if Rockhampton got hit by the cyclone.

"I knew the next day his business was going to get inundated with calls from people," he said.

"His own house was out of power and the ice factory was out of power, so I knew that was going to happen straight away.

"I underestimated. I said to him when he got to work there was going to be 100 people lined up at the gate, but when he got to work there were 300 people."

The stress was not over yet for the ice businesses, Mr Vigliante said, and the final count could reach more than 60,000.

"The problem now is that the power is starting to come back on but all his customers - all the supermarkets and the service stations, they're all empty because they sold all they had and then there was no power... filling up those boxes takes a fair bit of effort," he said.

"Our machine has been running non-stop since Wednesday last week.

"But we're finally starting to get back on top of things now."