John Harris, who is training for a triathlon, runs in the wind and rain as the effects of Hurricane Alex are felt on the Texas coast, Wednesday, June 30, 2010 in South Padre Island, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
A statement issued Thursday by Perry's office says he's written to President Barack Obama to request federal disaster aid for the counties in west and south Texas.
The presidential disaster declaration would send federal resources to help with recovery.
The counties included in Perry's request are Bexar, Cameron, Cottle, Floyd, Foard, Garza, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Maverick, Motley, Starr, Terry, Val Verde, Webb, Willacy and Zapata counties.