WATCH LIVE: President Obama tours flood-ravaged Louisiana amid criticism

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Obama says flooding has 'upended' lives in Louisiana

President Obama is set to tour flood-ravaged areas of Louisiana Tuesday afternoon.

The president arrived in Baton Rouge shortly before 1 p.m. EDT and is scheduled to spend time with local officials before addressing the media.

The American Red Cross called the widespread devastation the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast in 2012.

Devastating scenes from Louisiana of flooding

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An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans rescues three people from a rooftop due to flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S., A in this still image from video taken on August 13, 2016. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans rescues three people from a rooftop due to flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S., in this still image from video taken on August 13, 2016. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
A truck drives through a flooded street in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana, U.S., August 14, 2016. REUTERS/Jeffrey Dubinsky
Residents survey flooding on Lee Street after heavy rains in Sorrento, Louisiana, U.S. August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Edmund D. Fountain
A flooded house is seen in Prairieville, Louisiana, U.S., August 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
A casket is seen in front of a partially submerged church in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, U.S., August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
A submerged vehicle is seen in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, U.S., August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
A submerged house is seen in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, U.S., August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
Richard Rossi and his 4 year old great grandson Justice wade through water in search of higher ground after their home took in water in St. Amant, Louisiana, U.S., August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Residents are rescued in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, U.S., August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
Brittany Addox carries her dog, Maggie, after being rescued in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, U.S., August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
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Over 60,000 homes were impacted by the storms and at least 13 people have died.

The president has been criticized over the past week for a lack of urgency in his response to the devastating flooding.

Former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Michael Brown, as well as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have spoken out against Obama's response, criticizing him for not calling off his vacation to visit Louisiana before now.

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