A solar webcam on Highway 24 — at McDonald Summit west of Little Fort — has been damaged by a shotgun, according to B.C.'s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
The ministry took to social media today to express its frustration.
"Not cool. We install webcams to help travellers. #seriously?" the tweet read.
As of 4 p.m., the webcam was still down, with a message of "image temporarily unavailable" on Drive B.C.
Ministry spokesperson Danielle Pope says the damage was reported by a maintenance contractor on June 10.
"The costs for repairs are still being determined," she writes in an email to KamloopsMatters. "Due to the public safety risk associated with vandalism, the ministry has notified RCMP about the incident."
The ministry says it has no record of cameras previously being damaged in this way; however, "other forms of vandalism occasionally occurs with ministry property."
Yeah, so, someone decided to take a shotgun to our #BCHwy24 solar webcam at McDonald Summit west of #LittleFort (in case you're wondering what "technical difficulties" means). Not cool. We install webcams to help travellers. #seriously? pic.twitter.com/nRs1Efyvex— BC Transportation (@TranBC) June 11, 2019
Editor's note: This story was updated at 4 p.m. on June 11 with additional information from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.