Gov. Dannel Malloy and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4, on Tuesday joined town officials and members of Fairfield's state legislative delegation for a tour of the stretch of Fairfield Beach Road hit hardest by Tropical Storm Irene.

"My heart goes out to all these people," Malloy said, as the group stood at the western end of Fairfield Beach Road, where about 20 homes have been declared unsafe and two were completely condemned by building officials. "It's just devastating, and I entirely understand it's devastating."

Malloy said he wanted to see the damage first hand, and said that as of 10 a.m. Tuesday about 48 percent of the town was still without power. The governor was making a tour of shoreline communities in the southwestern corner of the state to check out the storm's damage.

"I want to say to the local officials, thank you for your preparations, your evacuations and for using our benchmark of the '92 storm," he said.

"We're in the recovery phase here at this point," Himes said, who met with local officials earlier in the morning to review FEMA requirements for reimbursing the town and local property owners.

"The top priority is getting power back on, especially in northern Fairfield where many people are on well water. It's a complicated process, but its the most concerning issue."