NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The bitter cold is being blamed for a water main break in New Rochelle.

With an overnight low of just 19 degrees – nine degrees colder than the average for this week in January – the water main near Hudson Park broke open and caused a chain reaction of inconvenience in its wake.

It sent water into a nearby parking lot and quickly turned to a sheet of ice.

Parking lot covered in ice after a New Rochelle water main break. (Credit: CBS2)

DPW crews spread salt on Pelham Road to help drivers.

A handful of homes lost water service; many more woke up to nasty brown liquid coming out of the tap instead.

Brown water coming out of local taps after a New Rochelle water main break. (Credit: CBS2)

Local resident Steve Chase told CBS2’s Tony Aiello he decided to get dressed at the office.

“Oh my gosh, the brown water, I wondered if it was rose gold or we were in Flint!”