One TD is calling for red tape to be cut to help those affected faster
The Air Corps remains on standby to help communities affected by on-going flooding.
Around 100 households are at risk of flooding in Athlone, while a handful of properties in Limerick and Clare near the Shannon may also flood.
The National Emergency Coordination Group has been meeting again today - and says public health and safety are of paramount concern.
Forecaster with Met Eireann Evelyn Cusack says further heavy rainfall is expected this weekend.
John Barry from the Deparment of the Environment chaired the meeting.
He says people living in Athlone and parts of Limerick and Clare near the Shannon are most at risk of flooding.
And in the Dáil, the Government has been urged to suspend the usual rules and allow residents to undertake their own flood defence work.
Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice says residents were always able to deal with nature - but are now unable to do so because of EU bureaucracy.