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Westmeath County Council says it is up to religious and sporting bodies to organise themselves "whatever way they deem appropriate" and that any boundary change in the Athlone area is an administrative matter.
The level of the River Shannon in Athlone has fallen by 51cm since its peak on January 5 and is predicted to fall further over the coming days, according to a report issued by Westmeath County Council on Tuesday.
Almost €750,000 has been spent by Westmeath County Council in its effort to defend Athlone and its environs from the rising waters of the River Shannon since the beginning of December.
A public consultation meeting will take place in Ballinasloe on Monday to discuss new flood maps for the area.
Fianna Fáil TD for Longford-Westmeath, Robert Troy, has criticised the Government for its failure to implement a statutory agency with responsibility for co-ordinating the management of the Shannon River.
Flood defences will have to be maintained throughout the Christmas holidays and possibly into the new year, Westmeath County Council has revealed.