Gas tainted with flood water costs drivers thousands

Posted at 5:52 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 20:23:40-05

GALLATIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — The sun, finally came back today but mechanic Jeremy Fritz still found himself flooded with problems.

Yesterday, Jeremy got a call from a long time customer something mysterious was causing her Acura sedan to shudder and shake. Once he opened the hood, Jeremy quickly discovered the problem.

It turns out last week's flooding was so severe, it compromised the tanks at a BP in Gallatin. So instead of gas drivers were filling their tanks with water.

"This is costing the public a lot of money," he said.

Jeremy has gotten three cars towed to him so far all with the same problem. The gas station's owners say they closed the pumps once they knew there was a problem. NewsChannel 5 spoke with state inspectors on Tuesday who said they are testing samples from the station and others but because management closed off the pumps, they won't be fined.

BP will reimburse those drivers impacted by the tainted gas.