BRUNSWICK, GA. | Residents of Glynn County, Brunswick and Jekyll Island can all return home at 8 a.m. Thursday with some precautions, officials said.

 

A majority of residents had left under two mandatory evacuation orders in advance of Hurricane Irma, one the county implemented effective 8 a.m. Friday and one Gov. Nathan Deal imposed beginning 24 hours later.

Military police and state troopers were manning checkpoints Wednesday, some at the county line and others at Interstate 95 exits, and turning some people around, but those will be lifted. Glynn was the only county on the coast that had not allowed residents to return.

All three authorities warned of still fragile infrastructure and said there are limitations to water and sewer services, power and traffic control.

“Glynn County will be rebuilding from this disaster for months to come,” an emergency management statement said.

The Jekyll Island Authority asked that visitors stay away until residents and business owners had returned to give them the time and space needed to complete their recovery.


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The authority also asked that everyone who returns to remain at home and not interrupt the clean up and power crews who will still be working. Jekyll Island still has a boil water advisory in effect.

Both St. Simons and Jekyll Island lost a lot of beach crossovers and residents are warned to use only those that are safe.

Each governing agency has also imposed an overnight curfew.

Terry Dickson: (912) 264-0405