Crews rescue Minnesota restaurant diners after flooding

March 25, 2019 06:19 AM

Crews in central Minnesota had to rescue dozens of people stranded inside a restaurant after flash flooding.

Waite Park Fire Chief Jim Aleshire says about 44 people were stuck inside Anton's restaurant when the Sauk River rose Saturday night.


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The Fire Department requested mutual aid from St. Joseph and St. Cloud. First responders used three boats and were able to get everyone safely out of the restaurant by about 9:30 p.m.

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"It was very organized chaos," one of Anton's owners Patty Gaetz said. "We had really great customers last night, our staff was incredible. It looked like we had done this before."  

Gaetz says the flooding happened while customers were having dinner.

The property usually floods in the spring, but Gaetz says she has never seen anything like this.

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