President Obama to visit Baton Rouge Tuesday

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BATON ROUGE (WGNO) – President Obama will visit Baton Rouge Tuesday.

The visit comes after widespread criticism and questions over why Obama hasn’t toured flood-ravaged South Louisiana that’s killed 13 people and left 40,000 homes flooded. Gov. John Bel Edwards has defended the president, saying that the federal government has been very responsive and that Obama’s visit would disrupt flood relief efforts.

BATON ROUGE, LA - AUGUST 15:  Richard Schafer navigates a boat past a flooded home on August 15, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Record-breaking rains pelted Louisiana over the weekend leaving the city with historic levels of flooding that have caused at least seven deaths and damaged thousands of homes.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, LA – AUGUST 15: Richard Schafer navigates a boat past a flooded home on August 15, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Record-breaking rains pelted Louisiana over the weekend leaving the city with historic levels of flooding that have caused at least seven deaths and damaged thousands of homes. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Obama said in a statement that he has been in touch with federal and state officials regularly for updates on the flood while vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard.

“The president is mindful of the impact that his travel has on first responders and wants to ensure that his presence does not interfere with ongoing recovery efforts,” the White House said in a statement. “He is also eager to get a first-hand look at the impact of the devastating floods, hear from more officials about the response, including how the federal government can assist and tell the people of Louisiana that the American people will be with them as they rebuild their community and come back stronger than ever.”

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and vice presidential candidate Mike Pence visited Baton Rouge and surrounding areas this afternoon.

Read more from the White House here.