By David Madden

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — Seniors and the disabled in Camden County can avail themselves of free assistance in clearing snow from their sidewalks, once the storm is over.

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Once accumulations exceed four inches, the county activates a program that puts prison inmates to work during daylight hours, shovels in hand.

“They are all nonviolent, which I really want to stress, and they’re all on the work-release program,” notes county freeholder Michelle Gentek, who oversees the program.

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And guards go out with them to make sure there’s no problem.

You have to call to get on a list, and calls are taken only during business hours.  The number is 856-783-4808, ext. 5060.

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Gentek says they usually get about a hundred calls per storm.  They can’t tell you exactly when your home will be cleared, but the sooner you call, the better.