Highway webcam shot up

A solar webcam on Highway 24 — at McDonald Summit west of Little Fort, north of Kamloops — has been damaged by a shotgun, according to B.C.'s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

The ministry took to social media Tuesday to express its frustration.

"Not cool. We install webcams to help travellers. #seriously?" the tweet read. 

As of Tuesday evening, the webcam was still down, with a message of "image temporarily unavailable" on DriveBC.  

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 said. "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."

Highway 24 was a critical evacuation route during the 2017 wildfire season, and the webcam was used extensively to help people escape the flames.

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