River inches closer to Choctaw home


CHOCTAW, Okla — The wait is excruciating. Gary and Rhonda Buford know it’s only a matter of time before their Choctaw home tumbles into the North Canadian River.

The May 31st downpour caused the river to swell like never before. The water has been gradually chewing away the sandy river banks ever since, inching closer and closer to the Buford’s property.

The river has receded dramatically. But more rain is in the forecast. Experts believe it’s just a matter of time before the guest house joins their tin barn in the North Canadian River.

The foundation is also shifting on their home. Cracks are appearing in the walls. 

Rhonda Burford said, “The next time there is a great big rain or they let the water out of the Oklahoma River, it’ll crest and take the rest out.”

Meantime, Gary and Rhonda have found temporary housing in Midwest City, with the help of Congressman James Lankford’s office.

Buford said, “There are people in the world, strangers willing to help other strangers in need. For years, we have given. And now I guess it’s our turn.

And despite being declined by FEMA; and their insurance, the Bufords are grateful for family, friends and for their faith that allows them to endure anything.

Mrs. Buford told us, “Be thankful and thank God everyday for everything because you never know when it’s going to be gone.”