The “clearest contributing factor” to a B.C. dam release that swept away at least five people and killed at least one was “human error relating to programming the spillway at the dam,” a Metro Vancouver official says.
Jerry Dobrovolny, Metro Vancouver’s chief administrative officer, told a committee meeting Thursday that the regional government has started an investigation into the torrent of water that swept down the Capilano River in North Vancouver last week, but said early results show it is related to a computerized system that was responsible for several uncontrolled water releases in the early 2000s.
“While the review continues, we can now confirm that the clearest contributing factor was related to programming of the control system for the spillway at the Cleveland Dam,” Dobrovolny told Metro Vancouver board members at the Water Committee.
“Metro Vancouver takes responsibility for this mistake,” he said, “And our deepest sympathies go out