Well in my wisdom I've managed to flood a rather large section of my fortress by accident whilst digging a moat. I've managed to isolate the area, however, I'd quite like to unflood this area and repair the damage, is this possible?

It's flooded with water from a river, in my haste I forgot that water can leak diagonally Diagram Showing The Issue

Update: The accepted answer worked, however, I lost so many dwarves they couldn't fight off an elven invasion that followed shortly after. Sad times.

  • What's the area flooded with? Aug 8, 2015 at 23:23
  • Edited accordingly :) Aug 8, 2015 at 23:25
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    Was hoping the answer would be magma. More !fun! Aug 8, 2015 at 23:26
  • Is the area actually connected to the infinite water source that is the river, or did you get water out of it using pumps? Aug 8, 2015 at 23:26
  • Unfortunately the river... As you can tell, I'm pretty new to DF Aug 8, 2015 at 23:30

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Yes, this is possible, but it might be easier to wall that section up and dig out some new rooms.

Since it's connected to an infinite water source, pumping it out isn't going to work- it'll just flow back in. Instead, give the water somewhere to go. Water can flow off the edges of cavern levels, so we'll use those.

Dig a shaft down to the caverns directly underneath one of the walls of the flooded area. Approach the flooded area from the side (make sure you can seal that tunnel) and dig a channel above the shaft.

You may need to make the shaft larger than 1x1 or dig multiple shafts so the water flows out faster than it can flow in.

Once most of the water has gone, you can put floodgates in to block the leak. Expect to get a lot of job cancellations here- a single tick where the area has 2/7 water will make it too dangerous- but eventually it will work.

Now that the leak is plugged, the water will continue to flow into the caverns until it's all drained. You can block the shaft at this point (or use it to dump rubbish).

You might want to build a new floor for the flooded area. Since it'll be muddy from all the water, you'll get mushrooms if you don't.

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