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Above, public works crews clear limbs throughout Brunswick on Friday. At left, crews worked to repair traffic lights along Altama Avenue on Thursday morning. At lower left, public works crews loaded up logs and branches Friday morning, continuing to clear the streets of Irma’s debris.

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Glynn County’s state of emergency was lifted at 6 p.m. Friday along with the curfew. That includes the curfew on Jekyll Island.

Restoration of Glynn County utilities is chugging along in the Golden Isles, and the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission lifted water and sewer usage restrictions for Glynn County around noon Friday.

Of 162 stations, more than 138 were functioning as of 3 p.m. Friday. As more stations are activated, the faster the entire process moves, said Jay Sellers, JWSC director of administration.

“We are rocking and rolling now,” Sellers said.

Sewer lines leading to the wastewater treatment plants come from pump stations. Sewage is funneled from 162 stations into three treatment plants.

“On St. Simons, our treatment plant at Dunbar (Creek) has a number of critical lift stations that feed into it, and dozens that feed into those,” Sellers said.

The closer the stations being worked on are to the treatment plant, the fewer there are left to activate, Sellers said.

The utility hoped to have the entire system back up and running by Friday night.

On Jekyll Island, a boil water advisory is still in place for homes within the boundaries of King Avenue to the north, Capt. Wylly Road to the south and Lanier Road to the west and Beachview Drive to the east.

Paulo Albuquerque, Brunswick area manager for Georgia Power, said the power restoration rate would actually be slowing down.

“Increases (in the number of houses with power) will be slower because they’ll be doing more work to get fewer customers back online,” Albuquerque said.

As of 3 p.m. Friday, around 6,000 homes were without power in Glynn County, Albuquerque said. Georgia Power also received reinforcements from its sister company, Gulf Power, and started working on less-populated areas and neighborhoods where electricity had been partially restored.

“By the end of the day, we really should be close to 90 percent complete, with 90 to 95 percent tomorrow (Saturday),” Albuquerque said Friday.

As always, county residents should be on the lookout for trees on power lines, fallen utility poles and severed power lines. Report them to Georgia Power by calling 888-891-0938.

Residents should also avoid swimming or wading in the ocean because of a number of hazards related to Hurricane Irma.

Rip currents, elevated bacteria levels and debris in the water are all risks, according to the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Testing for elevated levels of enterococcus bacteria, which is found in warm-blooded animals including humans but also birds, raccoons, deer, dolphins and other wildlife, is currently suspended or temporarily unavailable. Testing will resume as soon as possible, DNR said in a press release.