When Hurricane Harvey brought devastating wind and rain to southeast Texas, many of the area’s residents stood witness. Despite orders to evacuate, many Texans stayed with their homes, watching as the storm uprooted their picket fences, flooded their streets, and submerged their highways. These powerful images, taken by readers during Harvey and its aftermath, help shed more light on the scope of the storm, depicting everything from sinking couches to a gator in the gutter. Read on to see the photos and experiences shared by readers, told in their own words.