Residents of Potters have been given the assurance that there will be no runoff from the dead who will be buried at the new cemetery at Tomlinson.
Ruleta Camacho-Thomas gave that assurance as she addressed a consultation for the proposed site on Monday.
Responding to a question from St George Member of Parliament Dean Jonas, Camacho-Thomas said a Trinidad-based company conducted a study which looked at possible run-off from flooding.
She said the officials concluded that there is an only a one percent chance of this happening in the event of a heavy rainfall event.
Camacho-Thomas told a crowd of about 50 residents that there is enough capacity with existing water catchments to prevent flooding.
St George hopeful George Wehner also expressed concern about flooding as a result of the construction of the new cemetery.
However, Democratic National Alliance candidate Kelton Dalso said he was concerned that the cost of the facility in making it more expensive to bury the dead.
In response, Health Minister Monlwyn Joseph said the various gardens available to bury the dead “have nothing to do with cost.”
He said the cemetery will be segmented to better help residents locate the resting place of their dead relatives.