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Floods torment Hamilton: Will town pick up and move?

May 12, 2019 - The Seattle Times

HAMILTON, Skagit County -

Mayor Joan Cromley crossed over a backwater slough, chatting with a Seattle conservationist on a tour of her town, when a noise blared, shrill as a car alarm.

Cromley pulled out her cellphone. It's an orca call, she explained, silencing its shriek and continuing to showcase the flood-prone town of Hamilton, population 300.

Startling as it was, the ringtone is a reminder of her town's connection to the beleaguered southern-resident killer whales.