PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will address the severe flooding in the Northeast during his Thursday trip to New England.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton said Obama would make comments at some point during the day, but it was not yet clear when. The president was en route to Maine to give a health care speech Thursday afternoon before attending a pair of fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee in Boston.

Earlier, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Obama was trying to work out details for a stop in flooded areas of southern New England.

Record rainfalls have inundated states with flooding, washing away bridges and roads. The areas hardest hit by the floods are in southeastern Massachusetts and neighboring Rhode Island.