Tupper Lake Mayor Mickey Desmarais says the village needs help from the state.
"Tupper Lake is strong, we're resilient, but we're not shatterproof," he said. "As you see, it's taken its toll on these people who've had to move out of there homes. It's taken its toll physically, mentally, and obviously financially."
Joining Martens on his tour of Tupper Lake was Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, who says she's logged some long hours traveling the North Country and witnessing what she says is one of the worse disasters she's seen.
"It's scary, it's disheartening, but the people are strong, and as the mayor said, everybody is pretty resilient," she said.
Martens was joined by Matt Driscoll, president of the state's Environmental Facilities Corporation. Both men note that DEC structures, like the Lows dams above Tupper Lake, have been inspected and are structurally sound.