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Women's car damaged after water found in Milwaukee gas pumps

Posted at 9:35 PM, Feb 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-21 23:45:11-05

Gas pumps at a north side station at 23rd Street and Fond Du Lac Avenue have been shut down after water from heavy rains seeped into tanks.  The state is now investigating.

Brianna Rhodes stopped at that station at 2312 W. Fond Du Lac Avenue while trying to get to the mall. But when she heard her regular station had water in the gas tanks she got back in her car.

"I won't be getting gas from here," said Rhodes.

In a news release, Milwaukee Alderman Russell Stamper said state inspectors found out a faulty seal on the fuel tanks that allowed rain to seep in. As a result, watered down gas was pumped into people's cars.

Sherry Ingram said she filled up Tuesday morning but did not make it far afterward.  

"My car just, it just turned off," said Ingram. "It was on Fond Du Lac and two gentlemen saw I was disabled. They helped me push the car out of the street." 

Her Volkswagon is still broken down. Ingram said she hasn't been able to take her daughter to school, had to miss work the last two days as well as an important doctor's appointment.

"This is affecting my whole life because I have a low platelet disorder and I missed my ultrasound and my lab work today," said Ingram.

Ingram got a mechanic out to look at her car and the estimate he gave her was almost $900 in repairs.

"I don't know how I am going to pay to get that car fixed because it's a considerable amount of money," said Ingram.

The state is asking anyone who thinks they bought bad gas to call consumer protection. That number is 608-224-4942.