I think it's time for the city and county to finally pass an ordinance requiring that all power lines be buried. The last major hurricane to hit Houston was Alicia in 1983. If such an ordinance had been passed then, giving the power companies a 25-year window to complete the task, we wouldn't be in this situation today.
There's no excuse. The phone lines are buried. Lots of coastal cities have buried their power lines. Is it the expense? I think the cost to bury the lines when expensed over 25 years is cheaper than having to bring in thousands of crews from out of state every time a tropical storm hits.
One week after Ike, half of Houston still does not have power. Unfortunately, the pleasant weather has been replaced by typical late September weather. Hot and humid. I bet those people who continue to swelter in their houses would like to see these ordinances passed.