The Epic of Gilgamesh contains one of many three Akkadian flood fables. The god of wind, uses famine and drought to control the overpopulation of humans (in other versions it’s unclear if the cause of the gods’ distress is overpopulation or some unnamed iniquity) in the Atrahasis Epic, Enlil. Enlil finally chooses to send a flood that is catastrophic. Enki (the Sumerian type of the Akkadian Ea), the god of water, just isn’t permitted to warn the people, but he does tell Atrahasis («Extremely smart») to create a big ship covered in bitumen. Although Enlil is aggravated that Enki interfered, he agrees to get alternative methods to manage population that is human. Some think that the Gilgamesh flooding tale had been a later on paraphrase of this Atrahasis Epic.
The Sumerian creation misconception also contains tale of a flooding. Ziusudra (Sumerian when it comes to Akkadian Utnapishtim, meaning «he who laid hold on tight life of remote times») is warned by Enki to construct a watercraft.