Floods torment Hamilton: Will town pick up and move?
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.