As many as 60,000 homes and businesses in Arkansas were without power at one point this past weekend because of the winter storm.
Above-ground electrical transmission and distribution lines are vulnerable to failure from heavy wet snow, dense ice and high winds.
Some advocates say it’s time to move those lines underground. But that is much more expensive and many utility customers don't want to pay higher electric bills.
Jacqueline Froelich with Fayetteville station KUAF has a look at the debate. You can hear her report above.