President Obama will visit flood-ravaged portions of Louisiana on Tuesday, two days after his expected return from his two-week vacation to Martha's Vineyard, Mass., the White House announced Friday.
Obama will be a few days behind Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who toured the state's deluged capital, Baton Rouge, on Friday.
Obama is apparently complying with Gov. John Bel Edwards' request to hold off until the state can get a better handle on the disaster that claimed at least 13 lives and left tens of thousands homeless.
"It is a major ordeal, they free up the interstate for him," Edwards told MSNBC on Thursday. "We have to take hundreds of local first responders, police officers, sheriffs, deputies and state troopers to provide security for that type of visit."
Trump was greeted warmly during his visit, leading some to criticize his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, who posted sympathetic social media messages from afar and sent a fundraising plea for the Red Cross to her email list of supporters in lieu of heading to the Bayou State.
Obama is receiving updates while on the tony Cape Cod island, and spoke Friday morning to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who was in Louisiana Thursday, according to the White House.
Obama is also in touch with Federal Emergency Management Administration Director Craig Fugate, the White House stated.
"The president today directed his team to coordinate with Louisiana officials to determine an appropriate time for him to visit, and together they have determined that the president will visit Baton Rouge" on Tuesday, the White House statement read.
Obama "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 stated, echoing Gov. Edwards.
"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."
This is the second emergency in as many months that might have beckoned Obama to Baton Rouge.
In July three police officers were gunned down there, drawing national attention and a televised memorial service.
Coming on the heels of a similar service in Dallas, where Obama's comments sparked controversy, Obama opted to send a White House delegation led by Vice President Joe Biden instead.