WARNER, N.H. (AP) – Last December’s devastating ice storm spared 99 percent of New Hampshire’s maple syrup taps, but that’s no consolation to the 1 percent who are struggling to rebound from the damage.

Ben Fisk of Ben’s Sugar Shack in Warner says layers of ice crushed his trees and wrecked hundreds of feet of sap lines. Months later, dozens of his lines remained stuck under debris from the storm.

Fisk says he spent $30,000 for repairs, and he’s not alone. He’s seen other areas around Temple where broken trees are leaking sap onto the ground.

The New Hampshire Maple Producers Association says the storm damaged only 1 percent of the state’s taps. The state produces close to 90,000 gallons of syrup each year between mid-February and mid-April.


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