AUSTIN, Texas—Gov. Rick Perry is asking President Barack Obama for a disaster declaration for three Central Texas counties hit-hard by Halloween floods.

Perry bashes Washington and excessive federal spending every chance he gets. But the governor said in a statement Friday that flood damage "left a devastating financial burden on our local communities."

He said Texans need the president's help to "continue their recovery and rebuild their homes."

Last month, the Small Business Administration granted Perry's request for disaster assistance, allowing storm-damage victims in 11 Texas counties to apply for long-term, low-interest loans.

At least five people died in flooding following end-of-October storms that damaged hundreds of homes, mainly in the Austin area.

Meanwhile, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is still assessing damage that could lead to assistance for area governments.