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Dorset Floods: Clifton Maybank woman gets to work in tractor

By WG_Sherborne  |  Posted: November 27, 2012

Flood water forced Jennie Habberfield to ride a tractor to work at The Lime Tree, Thornford

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A dedicated restaurant worker from near Sherborne was so determined to get to work that she borrowed a friend's tractor to battle through flood water.

Jennie Habberfield, 19, of Clifton Maybank, was due to start a shift at The Lime Tree, in Thornford, on Wednesday night. But flood water at the end of her farm track made it impossible for her to travel by car.

So she called on a friend to drive her to work in a tractor.

But she was still 45 minutes late when the couple came across a man stranded in flood water at Bradford Abbas.

With no power in his phone, the desperate man was sitting on the roof of his car which was full of flood water.

Miss Habberfield said: "We felt rather sorry for the man who was supposed to be driving back to Lyme Regis. His phone was dead and he didn't know what to do.

"We towed his car out and a kind resident of Clifton Maybank took him into her home. We continued our journey, although I was 45 minutes late for work."

Ann Evans, landlady of The Lime Tree, praised Miss Habberfield's quick-thinking actions which meant she could work her shift as normal.

She said: "Jennie is a much valued member of staff and I'm not surprised she pulled out all the stops to get here in such adverse weather conditions. I'm sure the gentleman they helped on the way is very grateful for their kind actions too.

"We weren't expecting to be busy that night although eight intrepid skittlers from Leigh still came out. With our first Christmas meal booked for this Friday, we don't want the weather stopping our customers from getting here."

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