BOSTON—Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says President Barack Obama is trying to "work out the details" of a visit to flooded areas of southern New England.
Patrick, a fellow Democrat and close friend of the president's, told The Associated Press on Thursday that Obama would prefer to walk around damage than survey it by air.
Obama is coming to Massachusetts on Thursday to attend a pair of fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee after rallying around health care reform in Maine.
The areas hardest hit by the floods are in southeastern Massachusetts and neighboring Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Congressman James Langevin sent a letter to Obama on Thursday urging him to visit.
The White House said a Boston television report that Obama was planning to stop in hard-hit Fall River was not accurate.