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Choctaw house washes into river, second house could go any day

A Choctaw house that nearly fell into the North Canadian River during flooding in early June finally washed away this weekend. The couple who own the property is getting no relief from their homeowners' or flood insurance.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: August 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm •  Published: July 31, 2013
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The North Canadian River finally swallowed one of the houses on the property of Gary and Rhonda Buford. Meanwhile, the remaining house sits precariously on the river's edge.

The couple said Wednesday they continue to fight with their home and flood insurers to have someone cover their losses, but both companies claim the damage isn't covered.

The Bufords and their adult son were forced from their property June 6 after flooding caused the river to change course. The couple awoke to find the river's edge — once about 200 feet from their house — was in their backyard.

The river chewed away large chunks of land and swallowed a couple of outbuildings behind the houses. The side-by-side houses were deemed unsafe to stay in, and the Bufords moved to a rent home in Midwest City.

The Bufords' grown son lived in the smaller of the two houses, which finally fell into the river Sunday, Gary Buford said. The larger house could fall in any day.

Although the Bufords had both homeowners' insurance and flood insurance, they have been fighting to get at least one of their insurers to cover the damage. The two insurance companies have pointed fingers at each other, leaving the Bufords to pay a mortgage on property they can't live on while also paying rent on their current home.

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