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Three workers fired over deadly Cleveland Dam water surge

Last Updated Oct 30, 2020 at 4:46 pm PDT


Three workers have been fired over the deadly Cleveland Dam water surge of Oct. 1

Human error caused a massive surge in water to rush down the Capilano River

A North Vancouver man was killed, while his 27-year-old son is still missing

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Three Metro Vancouver workers have been fired following the deadly Cleveland Dam water surge earlier this month.

The decision comes after it was determined human error during drum gate maintenance caused a massive burst of water to rush down the Capilano River on Oct. 1, killing a North Vancouver man and leaving his 27-year-old son still missing.

“Metro Vancouver continues to cooperate fully with external agencies in their investigations, and will not be providing further comment at this time,” the regional district wrote in a brief, three-line release Friday.

Several other people who were fishing when the surge happened escaped or were rescued.


Metro Vancouver took responsibility for the mistake, saying the “clearest contributing factor” was human error related to programming of the control system for the spillway gate at the Cleveland Dam.

The dam had never been equipped with sirens or alarms to warn the public of danger should a spill occur.

Following the deadly incident, Metro Vancouver said new system enhancements were being put in, while an improved public warning system and increased monitoring downstream were also being looked at.

Expert advisors are also reviewing operating and maintenance systems.

The dam’s spillway gate will remain in the lowered position throughout the winter, Metro Vancouver said.