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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

>>Read: Choctaw couple has 'fallen through the cracks' after river nearly washed home away (Published June 30, 2013)

The Bufords turned to their insurance companies for help while living in a rent home in Midwest City. The couple had home insurance through North Star Mutual Insurance and flood insurance with Farmers Insurance.

But Rhonda Buford said both companies denied the claims because their property was destroyed by erosion.

The Bufords said they were hiring a lawyer to continue their fight, but in the meantime they plan on moving on with their lives.

>>Read: Flooding erodes North Canadian River shoreline in Choctaw, swallowing barns and threatening two houses on the river's edge (Published June 7, 2013)

“We had planned on retiring in two years but now that's probably not going to happen,” Rhonda Buford said. “We are thankful for the lives we have, we both work and we are both healthy.

“This is real hard to watch. This was going to be our home, this was going to be our forever home.”

by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and 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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