Waite Park restaurant evacuated due to flash flooding

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Photo credit Anton's restaurant

Flash flooding prompted a restaurant to evacuate Saturday in Waite Park, Minnesota.

According to the Anton's Restaurant Facebook page, the ice went out on the Sauk River and the water pushed its way over the banks into the parking lot and restaurant.

Serving a full house of about 200 patrons, the restaurant was forced to evacuate. As of Sunday morning, the water has receded.

According to a restaurant spokesperson, most guests were able to walk out of the building on their own and nobody was hurt. 

Between 45 and 50 employees will be without a job this week as the restaurant plans to bring in a cleaning crew to fix the damage. 

The restaurant hopes to be at least partially open by next weekend. 

"We’re no stranger to high water. We have flooded in 1997, 2001 and 2009 but we’ve NEVER been through anything like this. Time to roll up our sleeves and get back to work. The outpouring of support is amazing," staff wrote.