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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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“I don't know where we are going to go,” Gary Buford said. “We are just in limbo. I'm pretty disgusted. It just seems like it's always ‘wait a little longer.' I'm just getting really tired of waiting. It's time for something to happen.”

The Bufords thought they'd been given a three-month forbearance by their mortgage holder, Bank of America. But Gary Buford said he got a notice this week that the company had turned them over to a collection agency.

“I'd like to tell them to come and get the house,” Buford said.

The couple have been getting some help from U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, whose staff has tried to coordinate meetings between the Bufords and the various companies involved.

Gary Buford said he's not a litigious man, but he expects he will have to get a lawyer and take legal action if he is going to get any relief.

“It aggravates me,” Buford said. “I believe you should stand by your word.”


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