Hundreds of commuters are facing delays and bus transfers due to flooding on railway lines in the midlands and mid-west.

The Limerick to Ennis rail line is closed due to flooding on two sections of the track at Ballycar near Newmarket-on-Fergus. The line is not expected to re-open until the end of March.

Iarnród Éireann had raised the level of the line because it was prone to flooding, however exceptional rainfall in recent weeks has caused severe flooding.

Bus transfers are currently in place.

There is also disruption to services on the line between Longford to Carrick-on-Shannon due to flooding.

Iarnród Éireann said the disruption is likely for at least another week.

Elsewhere, Athlone Town Council has brought in pumps to alleviate flooding outside some houses along the River Shannon.

Water levels have been increasing slowly over the last ten days.

No houses have been flooded so far but residents are concerned that levels could rise even further with rain forecast over the next few days.

One of the worst affected areas is the Deer Park area south of the Shannon Bridge in Athlone.

Pumps were in place throughout the weekend to try to alleviate flooding on gardens in the area, which has deteriorated because of strong southwesterly winds.

Athlone Town Council has also made more sandbags available to residents in the area.

Met Éireann has issued a status yellow wind warning for several counties over the next 24 hours, with gusts of up to 100km/h likely in some areas.