Flooding and Fire Ants: Protecting Yourself and Your Family (Texas A&M)Did you come here to download Texas A&M’s guide? Click here for Flooding and Fire Ants: Protecting Yourself and Your Family

Dear Good News family and friends—

We are extremely thankful that God spared most of us from the worst of Irma’s fury. Most of our 36 member team are safe and without major damage to our property. We certainly hope our customers and Realtor® community are safe as well.

Unfortunately, our main office in North Venice was without power until late yesterday afternoon. We also had some water intrusion, but our preparation prevented any equipment damage. Though we planned to be open yesterday, without power, it was simply impossible. Most of us appreciated the extra day to clean debris from our yards and get re-settled. Our new Lakewood Ranch location is still without power today.

We regret we have not been able to respond to your calls since Friday. All of our office staff and most of our technicians and inspectors are fully operational today and will try to get to you as soon as possible. We will also be open for business this Saturday in order to catch up from missed services this week. Please be patient with us as we recover. We will do our best to serve you with excellence.

Please be safe during the cleanup

If you have standing water on your property, please be sure to watch out for floating mats of fire ants. They can look like ribbons, streamers, mats, or even a “ball” of ants floating on the water.

When handling debris—especially after it has been sitting for a few days—be extra careful, since fire ants love to try to re-establish their colonies under wood, furniture, or even carpet strips.

For more tips about keeping your family and yourself safe after flood events, download this handy guide prepared by Texas A&M University.

With thankfulness and appreciation,

Dean BurnsideDean



P.S. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all those to our south who took the brunt of Hurricane Irma… as well as all of our neighbors who are still without power. Our prayer is that the God of all comfort will do His work as only He can do!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. — 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NKJV)

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