Choctaw couple's dream house demolished

Gary and Rhonda Buford's house in Choctaw was bulldozed Wednesday. The Bufords and their adult son were forced from their property in June after flooding caused the North Canadian River to change course.
by Adam Kemp Modified: October 3, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: October 2, 2013

— Even though they are ready to move on, Gary and Rhonda Buford still stood and watched as the long arm of an excavator tore through the roof of their dream home Wednesday.

Piece by piece, their home along the North Canadian River was broken down and hauled away in large piles.

“It was like a part of me being torn down,” Gary Buford said. “We put a lot of work into that.”

>>Read: Choctaw house washes into river, second house could go any day (Published July 31, 2013)

Rhonda Buford said that when she woke up on the morning of June 1 she realized floodwaters were endangering her property.

The shoreline of the river, which used to be 200 feet from the couple's house, was now in their backyard.

The river devoured chunks of land, swallowing up two outbuildings behind their home and the smaller house their adult son lived in.

By June 6, they were forced from their home as erosion continued to eat away at the land under it, leaving the house teetering on the edge.

“We had our own island,” Rhonda Buford said. “The river was just taking huge chunks out at a time.”

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by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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