Obama 'on top of this situation,' but unlikely to visit flooded areas

Obama 'on top of this situation,' but unlikely to visit flooded areas

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - President Barack Obama is unlikely to visit Louisiana while he vacations in New England, according to the Associated Press.

The White House said Obama is not indifferent to the suffering of thousands of people who were washed out of their homes across south Louisiana. U.S. Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson said the president has been closely monitoring the situation, but he cannot be everywhere at once.

"I know he has a very busy schedule this fall and the coming days and is closely monitoring the situation. When you're the chief executive of the entire U.S. government you can't be everywhere including places you would like to be," Johnson said.

Johnson visited the state Thursday.

The Obama administration made a federal declaration that was expedited. Twenty parishes across Louisiana are included.

Johnson said he will be briefing the president on the status of recovery and response efforts.

"Through me and (FEMA Administrator) Craig Fugate, I know he's very much on top of this situation," Johnson said.

He added he will be briefing Obama after he leaves the state.

Governor John Bel Edwards said that he has spoken with the White House daily and has received quick responses for each request he has made to the administration.

Edwards said he is "not complaining in any way about our federal partnership."

He said having the president in Louisiana as officials continue to rescue residents from flooded areas would be a drain on resources.

At least 13 people have died because of the flooding. Obama has not commented.

Copyright 2016 WVUE. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.