In Aftermath Of Ice Storm, Debate Over Whether Power Lines Should Be Buried

Dec 10, 2013

Frank Burggraf, professor emeritus for the University of Arkansas, in front of an electrical substation in Fayetteville. He's a vocal advocate for burying power lines.
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

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.