Tony Perkins, president of the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC), on Friday criticized President Barack Obama's response to flooding in Louisiana.

Obama has signed a disaster declaration, making federal funding available to affected individuals in the parishes of East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa. The action also makes funding available on a cost-sharing basis to the state, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations.

Perkins said that he and his family were forced to escape their home by canoe.

“This is a flood, I would have to say of near biblical proportions,” he said during a telephone interview in which he called the flood a sign that God considers them “worthy of suffering for his sake.”

Perkins has previously said that he believes natural disasters are God's response to increasing support for LGBT rights. During an interview last year, Perkins agreed with Rabbi Jonathan Cahn's statement that God had sent Hurricane Joaquin to Hawaii because he was angry about the legalization of gay marriage and abortion. “God is trying to send us a message,” Perkins is quoted as saying.

Appearing Friday on Fox News, Perkins cheered the news that Donald Trump would tour the area, saying that Trump “could have sent a post card and it would be more than Barack Obama has done.”